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Federal tax ez form 2011 Publication 556 - Main Content Table of Contents Examination of ReturnsIf Your Return Is Examined Interest Netting Abatement of Interest Due to Error or Delay by the IRS Abatement of Interest for Individuals Affected by Presidentially Declared Disasters or Military or Terrorist Actions Offer in Compromise Appeal RightsAppeal Within the IRS Appeals to the Courts Refund or Credit of Overpayments Before Final Determination Claims for RefundTime for Filing a Claim for Refund Limit on Amount of Refund Processing Claims for Refund Reduced Refund How To Get Tax Help Examination of Returns Your return may be examined for a variety of reasons, and the examination may take place in any one of several ways. Federal tax ez form 2011 After the examination, if any changes to your tax are proposed, you can either agree with those changes and pay any additional tax you may owe, or you can disagree with the changes and appeal the decision. Federal tax ez form 2011 Examination selection criteria. Federal tax ez form 2011   Your return may be selected for examination on the basis of computer scoring. Federal tax ez form 2011 A computer program called the Discriminant Inventory Function System (DIF) assigns a numeric score to each individual and some corporate tax returns after they have been processed. Federal tax ez form 2011 If your return is selected because of a high score under the DIF system, the potential is high that an examination of your return will result in a change to your income tax liability. Federal tax ez form 2011   Your return may also be selected for examination on the basis of information received from third-party documentation, such as Forms 1099 and W-2, that does not match the information reported on your return. Federal tax ez form 2011 Or, your return may be selected to address both the questionable treatment of an item and to study the behavior of similar taxpayers (a market segment) in handling a tax issue. Federal tax ez form 2011   In addition, your return may be selected as a result of information received from other sources on potential noncompliance with the tax laws or inaccurate filing. Federal tax ez form 2011 This information can come from a number of sources, including newspapers, public records, and individuals. Federal tax ez form 2011 The information is evaluated for reliability and accuracy before it is used as the basis of an examination or investigation. Federal tax ez form 2011 Notice of IRS contact of third parties. Federal tax ez form 2011    The IRS must give you reasonable notice before contacting other persons about your tax matters. Federal tax ez form 2011 You must be given reasonable notice in advance that, in examining or collecting your tax liability, the IRS may contact third parties such as your neighbors, banks, employers, or employees. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS must also give you notice of specific contacts by providing you with a record of persons contacted on both a periodic basis and upon your request. Federal tax ez form 2011    This provision does not apply: To any pending criminal investigation, When providing notice would jeopardize collection of any tax liability, Where providing notice may result in reprisal against any person, or When you authorized the contact. Federal tax ez form 2011 Taxpayer Advocate Service. Federal tax ez form 2011   The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS whose goal is to help taxpayers resolve problems with the IRS. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you have an ongoing issue with the IRS that has not been resolved through normal processes, or your problems with the IRS are causing financial difficulty, contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service. Federal tax ez form 2011    Before contacting the Taxpayer Advocate Service, you should first discuss any problem with a supervisor. Federal tax ez form 2011 Your local Taxpayer Advocate will assist you if you are unable to resolve the problem with the supervisor. Federal tax ez form 2011   For more information, see Publication 1546. Federal tax ez form 2011 See How To Get Tax Help , near the end of this publication, for more information about contacting the Taxpayer Advocate Service. Federal tax ez form 2011 Comments from small business. Federal tax ez form 2011    The Small Business and Agricultural Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and 10 Regional Fairness Boards have been established to receive comments from small business about federal agency enforcement actions. Federal tax ez form 2011 The Ombudsman will annually evaluate the enforcement activities of each agency and rate their responsiveness to small business. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you wish to comment on the enforcement actions of the IRS, you can take any of the following steps. Federal tax ez form 2011 Fax your comments to 1-202-481-5719. Federal tax ez form 2011 Write to the following address: Office of the National Ombudsman U. Federal tax ez form 2011 S. Federal tax ez form 2011 Small Business Administration 409 3rd Street, SW Washington, DC 20416 Call 1-888-734-3247. Federal tax ez form 2011 Send an email to ombudsman@sba. Federal tax ez form 2011 gov. Federal tax ez form 2011 File a comment or complaint online at www. Federal tax ez form 2011 sba. Federal tax ez form 2011 gov/ombudsman. Federal tax ez form 2011 If Your Return Is Examined Some examinations are handled entirely by mail. Federal tax ez form 2011 Examinations not handled by mail can take place in your home, your place of business, an Internal Revenue office, or the office of your authorized representative. Federal tax ez form 2011 If the time, place, or method is not convenient for you, the examiner will try to work out something more suitable. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, the IRS makes the final determination of when, where, and how the examination will take place. Federal tax ez form 2011 Throughout the examination, you can act on your own behalf or have someone represent you or accompany you. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you filed a joint return, either you or your spouse, or both, can meet with the IRS. Federal tax ez form 2011 The person representing you can be any federally authorized practitioner, including an attorney, a certified public accountant, an enrolled agent (a person enrolled to practice before the IRS), an enrolled actuary, or the person who prepared the return and signed it as the preparer. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you want someone to represent you in your absence, you must furnish that person with proper written authorization. Federal tax ez form 2011 You can use Form 2848 or any other properly written authorization. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you want to consult with an attorney, a certified public accountant, an enrolled agent, or any other person permitted to represent a taxpayer during an interview for examining a tax return or collecting tax, you should make arrangements with that person to be available for the interview. Federal tax ez form 2011 In most cases, the IRS must suspend the interview and reschedule it. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS cannot suspend the interview if you are there because of an administrative summons. Federal tax ez form 2011 Third party authorization. Federal tax ez form 2011   If you checked the box in the signature area of your income tax return (Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040EZ) to allow the IRS to discuss your return with another person (a third party designee), this authorization does not replace Form 2848. Federal tax ez form 2011 The box you checked on your return only authorizes the other person to receive information about the processing of your return and the status of your refund during the period your return is being processed. Federal tax ez form 2011 For more information, see the instructions for your return. Federal tax ez form 2011 Confidentiality privilege. Federal tax ez form 2011   Generally, the same confidentiality protection that you have with an attorney also applies to certain communications that you have with federally authorized practitioners. Federal tax ez form 2011   Confidential communications are those that: Advise you on tax matters within the scope of the practitioner's authority to practice before the IRS, Would be confidential between an attorney and you, and Relate to noncriminal tax matters before the IRS, or Relate to noncriminal tax proceedings brought in federal court by or against the United States. Federal tax ez form 2011   In the case of communications in connection with the promotion of a person's participation in a tax shelter, the confidentiality privilege does not apply to written communications between a federally authorized practitioner and that person, any director, officer, employee, agent, or representative of that person, or any other person holding a capital or profits interest in that person. Federal tax ez form 2011   A tax shelter is any entity, plan, or arrangement, a significant purpose of which is the avoidance or evasion of income tax. Federal tax ez form 2011 Recordings. Federal tax ez form 2011    You can make an audio recording of the examination interview. Federal tax ez form 2011 Your request to record the interview should be made in writing. Federal tax ez form 2011 You must notify the examiner 10 days in advance and bring your own recording equipment. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS also can record an interview. Federal tax ez form 2011 If the IRS initiates the recording, you must be notified 10 days in advance and you can get a copy of the recording at your expense. Federal tax ez form 2011 Transfers to another area. Federal tax ez form 2011    Generally, your return is examined in the area where you live. Federal tax ez form 2011 But if your return can be examined more quickly and conveniently in another area, such as where your books and records are located, you can ask to have the case transferred to that area. Federal tax ez form 2011 Repeat examinations. Federal tax ez form 2011    The IRS tries to avoid repeat examinations of the same items, but sometimes this happens. Federal tax ez form 2011 If your tax return was examined for the same items in either of the 2 previous years and no change was proposed to your tax liability, please contact the IRS as soon as possible to see if the examination should be discontinued. Federal tax ez form 2011 The Examination An examination usually begins when you are notified that your return has been selected. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS will tell you which records you will need. Federal tax ez form 2011 The examination can proceed more easily if you gather your records before any interview. Federal tax ez form 2011 Any proposed changes to your return will be explained to you or your authorized representative. Federal tax ez form 2011 It is important that you understand the reasons for any proposed changes. Federal tax ez form 2011 You should not hesitate to ask about anything that is unclear to you. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS must follow the tax laws set forth by Congress in the Internal Revenue Code. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS also follows Treasury Regulations, other rules, and procedures that were written to administer the tax laws and court decisions. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, the IRS can lose cases that involve taxpayers with the same issue and still apply its interpretation of the law to your situation. Federal tax ez form 2011 Most taxpayers agree to changes proposed by examiners, and the examinations are closed at this level. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you do not agree, you can appeal any proposed change by following the procedures provided to you by the IRS. Federal tax ez form 2011 A more complete discussion of appeal rights is found later under Appeal Rights . Federal tax ez form 2011 If You Agree If you agree with the proposed changes, you can sign an agreement form and pay any additional tax you may owe. Federal tax ez form 2011 You must pay interest on any additional tax. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you pay when you sign the agreement, the interest is generally figured from the due date of your return (excluding any extension of time to file) to the date of your payment. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you do not pay the additional tax when you sign the agreement, you will receive a bill that includes interest. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you pay the amount due within 10 business days of the billing date, you will not have to pay more interest or penalties. Federal tax ez form 2011 This period is extended to 21 calendar days if the amount due is less than $100,000. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you are due a refund, you will receive it sooner if you sign the agreement form. Federal tax ez form 2011 You will be paid interest on the refund. Federal tax ez form 2011 If the IRS accepts your tax return as filed, you will receive a letter in a few weeks stating that the examiner proposed no changes to your return. Federal tax ez form 2011 You should keep this letter with your tax records. Federal tax ez form 2011 If You Do Not Agree If you do not agree with the proposed changes, the examiner will explain your appeal rights. Federal tax ez form 2011 If your examination takes place in an IRS office, you can request an immediate meeting with the examiner's supervisor to explain your position. Federal tax ez form 2011 If an agreement is reached, your case will be closed. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you cannot reach an agreement with the supervisor at this meeting, or if the examination took place outside of an IRS office, the examiner will write up your case explaining your position and the IRS's position. Federal tax ez form 2011 The examiner will forward your case for processing. Federal tax ez form 2011 Fast track mediation. Federal tax ez form 2011   The IRS offers fast track mediation services to help taxpayers resolve many disputes resulting from: Examinations (audits), Offers in compromise, Trust fund recovery penalties, and Other collection actions. Federal tax ez form 2011   Most cases that are not docketed in any court qualify for fast track mediation. Federal tax ez form 2011 Mediation can take place at a conference you request with a supervisor, or later. Federal tax ez form 2011 The process involves an Appeals Officer who has been trained in mediation. Federal tax ez form 2011 You may represent yourself at the mediation session, or someone else can act as your representative. Federal tax ez form 2011 For more information, see Publication 3605. Federal tax ez form 2011 30-day letter and 90-day letter. Federal tax ez form 2011   Within a few weeks after your closing conference with the examiner and/or supervisor, you will receive a package with: A letter (known as a 30-day letter) notifying you of your right to appeal the proposed changes within 30 days, A copy of the examination report explaining the examiner's proposed changes, An agreement or waiver form, and A copy of Publication 5. Federal tax ez form 2011 You generally have 30 days from the date of the 30-day letter to tell the IRS whether you will accept or appeal the proposed changes. Federal tax ez form 2011 The letter will explain what steps you should take, depending on which action you choose. Federal tax ez form 2011 Be sure to follow the instructions carefully. Federal tax ez form 2011 Appeal Rights are explained later. Federal tax ez form 2011 90-day letter. Federal tax ez form 2011   If you do not respond to the 30-day letter, or if you later do not reach an agreement with an Appeals Officer, the IRS will send you a 90-day letter, which is also known as a notice of deficiency. Federal tax ez form 2011 You will have 90 days (150 days if it is addressed to you outside the United States) from the date of this notice to file a petition with the Tax Court. Federal tax ez form 2011 Filing a petition with the Tax Court is discussed later under Appeals to the Courts and Tax Court . Federal tax ez form 2011 The notice will show the 90th (or 150th) day by which you must file your petition with the Tax Court. Federal tax ez form 2011 Suspension of interest and penalties. Federal tax ez form 2011   Generally, the IRS has 3 years from the date you filed your return (or the date the return was due, if later) to assess any additional tax. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, if you file your return timely (including extensions), interest and certain penalties will be suspended if the IRS does not mail a notice to you, stating your liability and the basis for that liability, within a 36-month period beginning on the later of: The date on which you filed your tax return, or The due date (without extensions) of your tax return. Federal tax ez form 2011 If the IRS mails a notice after the 36-month period, interest and certain penalties applicable to the suspension period will be suspended. Federal tax ez form 2011   The suspension period begins the day after the close of the 36-month period and ends 21 days after the IRS mails a notice to you stating your liability and the basis for that liability. Federal tax ez form 2011 Also, the suspension period applies separately to each notice stating your liability and the basis for that liability received by you. Federal tax ez form 2011    The suspension does not apply to a: Failure-to-pay penalty, Fraudulent tax return, Penalty, interest, addition to tax, or additional amount with respect to any tax liability shown on your return or with respect to any gross misstatement, Penalty, interest, addition to tax, or additional amount with respect to any reportable transaction that is not adequately disclosed or any listed transaction, or Criminal penalty. Federal tax ez form 2011 Seeking relief from improperly assessed interest. Federal tax ez form 2011   You can seek relief if interest is assessed for periods during which interest should have been suspended because the IRS did not mail a notice to you in a timely manner. Federal tax ez form 2011   If you believe that interest was assessed with respect to a period during which interest should have been suspended, submit Form 843, writing “Section 6404(g) Notification” at the top of the form, with the IRS Service Center where you filed your return. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS will review the Form 843 and notify you whether interest will be abated. Federal tax ez form 2011 If the IRS does not abate interest, you can pay the disputed interest assessment and file a claim for refund. Federal tax ez form 2011 If your claim is denied or not acted upon within 6 months from the date you filed it, you can file suit for a refund in your United States District Court or in the United States Court of Federal Claims. Federal tax ez form 2011   If you believe that an IRS officer or employee has made an unreasonable error or delay in performing a ministerial or managerial act (discussed later under Abatement of Interest Due to Error or Delay by the IRS ), file Form 843 with the IRS Service Center where you filed the tax return. Federal tax ez form 2011 If the IRS denies your claim, the Tax Court may be able to review that determination. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Tax Court can review failure to abate interest later under Abatement of Interest Due to Error or Delay by the IRS . Federal tax ez form 2011 If you later agree. Federal tax ez form 2011    If you agree with the examiner's changes after receiving the examination report or the 30-day letter, sign and return either the examination report or the waiver form. Federal tax ez form 2011 Keep a copy for your records. Federal tax ez form 2011 You can pay any additional amount you owe without waiting for a bill. Federal tax ez form 2011 Include interest on the additional tax at the applicable rate. Federal tax ez form 2011 This interest rate is usually for the period from the due date of the return (excluding any extension of time to file) to the date of payment. Federal tax ez form 2011 The examiner can tell you the interest rate(s) or help you figure the amount. Federal tax ez form 2011   You must pay interest on penalties and additions to tax for failing to file returns, for overstating valuations, for understating valuations on estate and gift tax returns, and for substantially understating tax liability. Federal tax ez form 2011 Interest is generally figured from the date (including extensions) the tax return is required to be filed to the date you pay the penalty and/or additions to tax. Federal tax ez form 2011   If you pay the amount due within 10 business days after the date of notice and demand for immediate payment, you will not have to pay any additional penalties and interest. Federal tax ez form 2011 This period is extended to 21 calendar days if the amount due is less than $100,000. Federal tax ez form 2011 How To Stop Interest From Accruing If you think that you will owe additional tax at the end of the examination, you can stop the further accrual of interest by sending money to the IRS to cover all or part of the amount you think you will owe. Federal tax ez form 2011 Interest on part or all of any amount you owe will stop accruing on the date the IRS receives your money. Federal tax ez form 2011 You can send an amount either in the form of a deposit in the nature of a cash bond or as a payment of tax. Federal tax ez form 2011 Both a deposit and a payment stop any further accrual of interest. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, making a deposit or payment will stop the accrual of interest on only the amount you sent. Federal tax ez form 2011 Because of compounding rules, interest will continue to accrue on accrued interest, even though you have paid the underlying tax. Federal tax ez form 2011 To stop the accrual of interest on both tax and interest, you must make a deposit or payment for both the tax and interest that has accrued as of the date of deposit or payment. Federal tax ez form 2011 Payment or Deposit Deposits differ from payments in two ways: You can have all or part of your deposit returned to you without filing for a refund. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, if you request and receive your deposit and the IRS later assesses a deficiency for that period and type of tax, interest will be figured as if the funds were never on deposit. Federal tax ez form 2011 Also, your deposit will not be returned if one of the following situations applies: The IRS assesses a tax liability. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS determines that, by returning the deposit, it may not be able to collect a future deficiency. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS determines that the deposit should be applied against another tax liability. Federal tax ez form 2011 Deposits returned to you will include interest based on the Federal short-term rate determined under section 6621(b). Federal tax ez form 2011 The deposit returned will be treated as a tax payment to the extent of the disputed tax. Federal tax ez form 2011 A disputed tax means the amount of tax specified at the time of deposit as a reasonable estimate of the maximum amount of any tax owed by you, such as the deficiency proposed in the 30-day letter. Federal tax ez form 2011 Notice not mailed. Federal tax ez form 2011    If you send money before the IRS mails you a notice of deficiency, you can ask the IRS to treat it as a deposit. Federal tax ez form 2011 You must make your request in writing. Federal tax ez form 2011   If, after being notified of a proposed liability but before the IRS mails you a notice of deficiency, you send an amount large enough to cover the proposed liability, it will be considered a payment unless you request in writing that it be treated as a deposit. Federal tax ez form 2011 Keep copies of all correspondence you send to the IRS. Federal tax ez form 2011   If the amount you send is at least as much as the proposed liability and you do not request that it be treated as a deposit, the IRS will not send you a notice of deficiency. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you do not receive a notice of deficiency, you cannot take your case to the Tax Court. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Tax Court , later under Appeal Rights . Federal tax ez form 2011 Notice mailed. Federal tax ez form 2011    If, after the IRS mails the notice of deficiency, you send money without written instructions, it will be treated as a payment. Federal tax ez form 2011 You will still be able to petition the Tax Court. Federal tax ez form 2011   If you send money after receiving a notice of deficiency and you have specified in writing that it is a “deposit in the nature of a cash bond,” the IRS will treat it as a deposit if you send it before either: The close of the 90-day or 150-day period for filing a petition with the Tax Court to appeal the deficiency, or The date the Tax Court decision is final, if you have filed a petition. Federal tax ez form 2011 Using a Deposit To Pay the Tax If you agree with the examiner's proposed changes after the examination, your deposit will be applied against any amount you may owe. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS will not mail you a notice of deficiency and you will not have the right to take your case to the Tax Court. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you do not agree to the full amount of the deficiency after the examination, the IRS will mail you a notice of deficiency. Federal tax ez form 2011 Your deposit will be applied against the proposed deficiency unless you write to the IRS before the end of the 90-day or 150-day period stating that you still want the money to be treated as a deposit. Federal tax ez form 2011 You will still have the right to take your case to the Tax Court. Federal tax ez form 2011 Installment Agreement Request You can request a monthly installment plan if you cannot pay the full amount you owe. Federal tax ez form 2011 To be valid, your request must be approved by the IRS. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, if you owe $10,000 or less in tax and you meet certain other criteria, the IRS must accept your request. Federal tax ez form 2011 Before you request an installment agreement, you should consider other less costly alternatives, such as a bank loan. Federal tax ez form 2011 You will continue to be charged interest and penalties on the amount you owe until it is paid in full. Federal tax ez form 2011 Unless your income is below a certain level, the fee for an approved installment agreement has increased to $105 ($52 if you make your payments by electronic funds withdrawal). Federal tax ez form 2011 If your income is below a certain level, you may qualify to pay a reduced fee of $43. Federal tax ez form 2011 For more information about installment agreements, see Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request. Federal tax ez form 2011 Interest Netting If you owe interest to the IRS on an underpayment for the same period the IRS owes you interest on an overpayment, the IRS will figure interest on the underpayment and overpayment at the same interest rate (up to the amount of the overpayment). Federal tax ez form 2011 As a result, the net rate is zero for that period. Federal tax ez form 2011 Abatement of Interest Due to Error or Delay by the IRS The IRS may abate (reduce) the amount of interest you owe if the interest is due to an unreasonable error or delay by an IRS officer or employee in performing a ministerial or managerial act (discussed later). Federal tax ez form 2011 Only the amount of interest on income, estate, gift, generation-skipping, and certain excise taxes can be reduced. Federal tax ez form 2011 The amount of interest will not be reduced if you or anyone related to you contributed significantly to the error or delay. Federal tax ez form 2011 Also, the interest will be reduced only if the error or delay happened after the IRS contacted you in writing about the deficiency or payment on which the interest is based. Federal tax ez form 2011 An audit notification letter is such a contact. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS cannot reduce the amount of interest due to a general administrative decision, such as a decision on how to organize the processing of tax returns. Federal tax ez form 2011 Ministerial act. Federal tax ez form 2011    This is a procedural or mechanical act, not involving the exercise of judgment or discretion, during the processing of a case after all prerequisites (for example, conferences and review by supervisors) have taken place. Federal tax ez form 2011 A decision concerning the proper application of federal tax law (or other federal or state law) is not a ministerial act. Federal tax ez form 2011 Example 1. Federal tax ez form 2011 You move from one state to another before the IRS selects your tax return for examination. Federal tax ez form 2011 A letter stating that your return has been selected is sent to your old address and then forwarded to your new address. Federal tax ez form 2011 When you get the letter, you respond with a request that the examination be transferred to the area office closest to your new address. Federal tax ez form 2011 The examination group manager approves your request. Federal tax ez form 2011 After your request has been approved, the transfer is a ministerial act. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS can reduce the interest because of any unreasonable delay in transferring the case. Federal tax ez form 2011 Example 2. Federal tax ez form 2011 An examination of your return reveals tax due for which a notice of deficiency (90-day letter) will be issued. Federal tax ez form 2011 After you and the IRS discuss the issues, the notice is prepared and reviewed. Federal tax ez form 2011 After the review process, issuing the notice of deficiency is a ministerial act. Federal tax ez form 2011 If there is an unreasonable delay in sending the notice of deficiency to you, the IRS can reduce the interest resulting from the delay. Federal tax ez form 2011 Managerial act. Federal tax ez form 2011    This is an administrative act during the processing of a case that involves the loss of records or the exercise of judgment or discretion concerning the management of personnel. Federal tax ez form 2011 A decision concerning the proper application of federal tax law (or other federal or state law) is not a managerial act. Federal tax ez form 2011 Example. Federal tax ez form 2011 A revenue agent is examining your tax return. Federal tax ez form 2011 During the middle of the examination, the agent is sent to an extended training course. Federal tax ez form 2011 The agent's supervisor decides not to reassign your case, so the work is unreasonably delayed until the agent returns. Federal tax ez form 2011 Interest from the unreasonable delay can be abated since both the decision to send the agent to the training class and not to reassign the case are managerial acts. Federal tax ez form 2011 How to request abatement of interest. Federal tax ez form 2011    You request an abatement (reduction) of interest on Form 843. Federal tax ez form 2011 You should file the claim with the IRS Service Center where you filed the tax return that was affected by the error or delay. Federal tax ez form 2011   If you have already paid the interest and you would like a credit or refund of interest paid, you must file Form 843 within 3 years from the date you filed your original return or 2 years from the date you paid the interest, whichever is later. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you have not paid any of the interest, these time limitations for filing Form 843 do not apply. Federal tax ez form 2011   Generally, you should file a separate Form 843 for each tax period and each type of tax. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, complete only one Form 843 if the interest is from an IRS error or delay that affected your tax for more than one tax period or for more than one type of tax (for example, where 2 or more tax years were being examined). Federal tax ez form 2011   If your request for abatement of interest is denied, you can appeal the decision to the IRS Appeals Office. Federal tax ez form 2011 Tax Court can review failure to abate interest. Federal tax ez form 2011    The Tax Court can review the IRS's refusal to abate (reduce) interest if all of the following requirements are met: You filed a request for abatement of interest (Form 843) with the IRS after July 30,1996. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS has mailed you a notice of final determination or a notice of disallowance. Federal tax ez form 2011 You file a petition with the Tax Court within 180 days of the mailing of the notice of final determination or the notice of disallowance. Federal tax ez form 2011   The following requirements must also be met: For individual and estate taxpayers — your net worth must not exceed $2 million as of the filing date of your petition for review. Federal tax ez form 2011 For this purpose, individuals filing a joint return shall be treated as separate individuals. Federal tax ez form 2011 For charities and certain cooperatives — you must not have more than 500 employees as of the filing date of your petition for review. Federal tax ez form 2011 For all other taxpayers — your net worth must not exceed $7 million, and you must not have more than 500 employees as of the filing date of your petition for review. Federal tax ez form 2011 Abatement of Interest for Individuals Affected by Presidentially Declared Disasters or Military or Terrorist Actions If you are (or were) affected by a Presidentially declared disaster occurring after 1996 or a terrorist or military action occurring after September 10, 2001, the IRS may abate (reduce) the amount of interest you owe on certain taxes. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS may abate interest for the period of any additional time to file or pay that the IRS provides on account of the disaster or the terrorist or military action. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS will issue a notice or news release indicating who are affected taxpayers and stating the period of relief. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you are eligible for relief from interest, but were charged interest for the period of relief, the IRS may retroactively abate your interest. Federal tax ez form 2011 To the extent possible, the IRS can take the following actions: Make appropriate adjustments to your account. Federal tax ez form 2011 Notify you when the adjustments are made. Federal tax ez form 2011 Refund any interest paid by you where appropriate. Federal tax ez form 2011 For more information on disaster area losses, see Disaster Area Losses in Publication 547. Federal tax ez form 2011 For more information on other tax relief for victims of terrorist attacks, see Publication 3920. Federal tax ez form 2011 Offer in Compromise In certain circumstances, the IRS will allow you to pay less than the full amount you owe. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you think you may qualify, you should submit your offer by filing Form 656, Offer in Compromise. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS may accept your offer for any of the following reasons: There is doubt about the amount you owe (or whether you owe it). Federal tax ez form 2011 There is doubt as to whether you can pay the amount you owe based on your financial situation. Federal tax ez form 2011 An economic hardship would result if you had to pay the full amount owed. Federal tax ez form 2011 Your case presents compelling reasons that the IRS determines are a sufficient basis for compromise. Federal tax ez form 2011 If your offer is rejected, you have 30 days to ask the Appeals Office of the IRS to reconsider your offer. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS offers fast track mediation services to help taxpayers resolve many issues including a dispute regarding an offer in compromise. Federal tax ez form 2011 For more information, see Publication 3605. Federal tax ez form 2011 Generally, if you submit an offer in compromise, the IRS will delay certain collection activities. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS usually will not levy (take) your property to settle your tax bill during the following periods: While the IRS is evaluating your offer in compromise. Federal tax ez form 2011 The 30 days immediately after the offer is rejected. Federal tax ez form 2011 While your timely-filed appeal is being considered by Appeals. Federal tax ez form 2011 Also, if the IRS rejects your original offer and you submit a revised offer within 30 days of the rejection, the IRS generally will not levy your property while it considers your revised offer. Federal tax ez form 2011 For more information about submitting an offer in compromise, see Form 656. Federal tax ez form 2011 Appeal Rights Because people sometimes disagree on tax matters, the IRS has an appeals system. Federal tax ez form 2011 Most differences can be settled within this system without expensive and time-consuming court trials. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, your reasons for disagreeing must come within the scope of the tax laws. Federal tax ez form 2011 For example, you cannot appeal your case based only on moral, religious, political, constitutional, conscientious, or similar grounds. Federal tax ez form 2011 In most instances, you may be eligible to take your case to court if you do not reach an agreement at your appeals conference, or if you do not want to appeal your case to the IRS Office of Appeals. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Appeals to the Courts , later, for more information. Federal tax ez form 2011 Appeal Within the IRS You can appeal an IRS tax decision to a local Appeals Office, which is separate from and independent of the IRS office taking the action you disagree with. Federal tax ez form 2011 The Appeals Office is the only level of appeal within the IRS. Federal tax ez form 2011 Conferences with Appeals Office personnel are held in an informal manner by correspondence, by telephone, or at a personal conference. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you want an appeals conference, follow the instructions in the letter you received. Federal tax ez form 2011 Your request will be sent to the Appeals Office to arrange a conference at a convenient time and place. Federal tax ez form 2011 You or your representative should be prepared to discuss all disputed issues at the conference. Federal tax ez form 2011 Most differences are settled at this level. Federal tax ez form 2011 If agreement is not reached at your appeals conference, you may be eligible to take your case to court. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Appeals to the Courts , later. Federal tax ez form 2011 Protests and Small Case Requests When you request an Appeals conference, you may also need to file either a formal written protest or a small case request with the office named in the letter you received. Federal tax ez form 2011 Also, see the special appeal request procedures in Publication 1660. Federal tax ez form 2011 Written protest. Federal tax ez form 2011   You need to file a written protest in the following cases: All employee plan and exempt organization cases without regard to the dollar amount at issue. Federal tax ez form 2011 All partnership and S corporation cases without regard to the dollar amount at issue. Federal tax ez form 2011 All other cases, unless you qualify for the small case request procedure, or other special appeal procedures such as requesting Appeals consideration of liens, levies, seizures, or installment agreements. Federal tax ez form 2011   If you must submit a written protest, see the instructions in Publication 5 about the information you need to provide. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS urges you to provide as much information as you can, as it will help speed up your appeal. Federal tax ez form 2011 That will save you both time and money. Federal tax ez form 2011    Be sure to send the protest within the time limit specified in the letter you received. Federal tax ez form 2011 Small case request. Federal tax ez form 2011   If the total amount for any tax period is not more than $25,000, you may make a small case request instead of filing a formal written protest. Federal tax ez form 2011 In figuring the total amount, include a proposed increase or decrease in tax (including penalties), or claimed refund. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you are making an offer in compromise, include total unpaid tax, penalty, and interest due. Federal tax ez form 2011 For a small case request, follow the instructions in our letter to you by sending a letter: Requesting Appeals consideration, Indicating the changes you do not agree with, and Indicating the reasons why you do not agree. Federal tax ez form 2011 Representation You can represent yourself at your appeals conference, or you can be represented by any federally authorized practitioner, including an attorney, a certified public accountant, an enrolled actuary, or an enrolled agent. Federal tax ez form 2011 If your representative attends a conference without you, he or she can receive or inspect confidential information only if you have filed a power of attorney or a tax information authorization. Federal tax ez form 2011 You can use a Form 2848 or any other properly written power of attorney or authorization. Federal tax ez form 2011 You can also bring witnesses to support your position. Federal tax ez form 2011 Confidentiality privilege. Federal tax ez form 2011   Generally, the same confidentiality protection that you have with an attorney also applies to certain communications that you have with federally authorized practitioners. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Confidentiality privilege under If Your Return Is Examined , earlier. Federal tax ez form 2011 Appeals to the Courts If you and the IRS still disagree after the appeals conference, you may be entitled to take your case to the United States Tax Court, the United States Court of Federal Claims, or a United States District Court. Federal tax ez form 2011 These courts are independent of the IRS. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you elect to bypass the IRS's appeals system, you may be able to take your case to one of the courts listed above. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, a case petitioned to the United States Tax Court will normally be considered for settlement by an Appeals Officer before the Tax Court hears the case. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you unreasonably fail to pursue the IRS's appeals system, or if your case is intended primarily to cause a delay, or your position is frivolous or groundless, the Tax Court may impose a penalty of up to $25,000. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Appeal Within the IRS, earlier. Federal tax ez form 2011 Prohibition on requests to taxpayers to give up rights to bring civil action. Federal tax ez form 2011   The Government cannot ask you to waive your right to sue the United States or a Government officer or employee for any action taken in connection with the tax laws. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, your right to sue can be waived if: You knowingly and voluntarily waive that right, The request to waive that right is made in writing to your attorney or other federally authorized practitioner, or The request is made in person and your attorney or other representative is present. Federal tax ez form 2011 Burden of proof. Federal tax ez form 2011   For court proceedings resulting from examinations started after July 22, 1998, the IRS generally has the burden of proof for any factual issue if you have met the following requirements: You introduced credible evidence relating to the issue. Federal tax ez form 2011 You complied with all substantiation requirements of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal tax ez form 2011 You maintained all records required by the Internal Revenue Code. Federal tax ez form 2011 You cooperated with all reasonable requests by the IRS for information regarding the preparation and related tax treatment of any item reported on your tax return. Federal tax ez form 2011 You had a net worth of $7 million or less and not more than 500 employees at the time your tax liability is contested in any court proceeding if your tax return is for a corporation, partnership, or trust. Federal tax ez form 2011    The burden of proof does not change on an issue when another provision of the tax laws requires a specific burden of proof with respect to that issue. Federal tax ez form 2011 Use of statistical information. Federal tax ez form 2011   In the case of an individual, the IRS has the burden of proof in court proceedings based on any IRS reconstruction of income solely through the use of statistical information on unrelated taxpayers. Federal tax ez form 2011 Penalties. Federal tax ez form 2011   The IRS has the burden of initially producing evidence in court proceedings with respect to the liability of any individual taxpayer for any penalty, addition to tax, or additional amount imposed by the tax laws. Federal tax ez form 2011 Recovering litigation or administrative costs. Federal tax ez form 2011   These are the expenses that you pay to defend your position to the IRS or the courts. Federal tax ez form 2011 You may be able to recover reasonable litigation or administrative costs if all of the following conditions apply: You are the prevailing party. Federal tax ez form 2011 You exhaust all administrative remedies within the IRS. Federal tax ez form 2011 Your net worth is below a certain limit (see Net worth requirements , later). Federal tax ez form 2011 You do not unreasonably delay the proceeding. Federal tax ez form 2011 You apply for administrative costs within 90 days of the date on which the final decision of the IRS Office of Appeals as to the determination of the tax, interest, or penalty was mailed to you. Federal tax ez form 2011 You apply for litigation costs within the time frames provided by Tax Court Rule 231, found at http://www. Federal tax ez form 2011 ustaxcourt. Federal tax ez form 2011 gov  www. Federal tax ez form 2011 ustaxcourt. Federal tax ez form 2011 gov . Federal tax ez form 2011   Prevailing party, reasonable litigation costs, and reasonable administrative costs are explained later. Federal tax ez form 2011 Note. Federal tax ez form 2011 If the IRS denies your award of administrative costs, and you want to appeal, you must petition the Tax Court within 90 days of the date on which the IRS mails the denial notice. Federal tax ez form 2011 Prevailing party. Federal tax ez form 2011   Generally, you are the prevailing party if: You substantially prevail with respect to the amount in controversy or on the most significant tax issue or set of issues in question, and You meet the net worth requirements, discussed later. Federal tax ez form 2011   You will not be treated as the prevailing party if the United States establishes that its position was substantially justified. Federal tax ez form 2011 The position of the United States is presumed not to be substantially justified if the IRS: Did not follow its applicable published guidance (such as regulations, revenue rulings, notices, announcements, private letter rulings, technical advice memoranda, and determination letters issued to the taxpayer) in the proceeding (This presumption can be overcome by evidence. Federal tax ez form 2011 ), or Has lost in courts of appeal for other circuits on substantially similar issues. Federal tax ez form 2011   The court will generally decide who is the prevailing party. Federal tax ez form 2011 Reasonable litigation costs. Federal tax ez form 2011   These include the following costs: Reasonable court costs. Federal tax ez form 2011 The reasonable costs of studies, analyses, engineering reports, tests, or projects found by the court to be necessary for the preparation of your case. Federal tax ez form 2011 The reasonable costs of expert witnesses. Federal tax ez form 2011 Attorney fees that generally may not exceed $125 maximum hourly rate as set by statute and indexed for inflation. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Attorney fees , later. Federal tax ez form 2011 Reasonable administrative costs. Federal tax ez form 2011   These include the following costs: Any administrative fees or similar charges imposed by the IRS. Federal tax ez form 2011 The reasonable costs of studies, analyses, engineering reports, tests, or projects. Federal tax ez form 2011 The reasonable costs of expert witnesses. Federal tax ez form 2011 Attorney fees that generally may not exceed $125 per hour. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Attorney fees , later. Federal tax ez form 2011 Timing of costs. Federal tax ez form 2011    Administrative costs can be awarded for costs incurred after the earliest of: The date the first letter of proposed deficiency is sent that allows you an opportunity to request administrative review in the IRS Office of Appeals, The date you receive notice of the IRS Office of Appeals' decision, or The date of the notice of deficiency. Federal tax ez form 2011 Net worth requirements. Federal tax ez form 2011   An individual taxpayer may be able to recover litigation or administrative costs if the following requirements are met: For individuals — your net worth does not exceed $2 million as of the filing date of your petition for review. Federal tax ez form 2011 For this purpose, individuals filing a joint return are treated as separate individuals. Federal tax ez form 2011 For estates — your net worth does not exceed $2 million as of the date of the decedent's death. Federal tax ez form 2011 For charities and certain cooperatives — you do not have more than 500 employees as of the filing date of your petition for review. Federal tax ez form 2011 For all other taxpayers — as of the filing date of your petition for review, your net worth does not exceed $7 million, and you must not have more than 500 employees. Federal tax ez form 2011 Qualified offer rule. Federal tax ez form 2011    You can also receive reasonable costs and fees and be treated as a prevailing party in a civil action or proceeding if: You make a qualified offer to the IRS to settle your case, The IRS does not accept that offer, and The tax liability (not including interest, unless interest is at issue) later determined by the court is equal to or less than the amount of your qualified offer. Federal tax ez form 2011 You must also meet the remaining requirements, including the exhaustion of administrative remedies and the net worth requirement, discussed earlier, to get the benefit of the qualified offer rule. Federal tax ez form 2011 Qualified offer. Federal tax ez form 2011    This is a written offer made by you during the qualified offer period. Federal tax ez form 2011 It must specify both the offered amount of your liability (not including interest) and that it is a qualified offer. Federal tax ez form 2011   To be a qualified offer, it must remain open from the date it is made until the earliest of: The date it is rejected, The date the trial begins, or 90 days from the date it is made. Federal tax ez form 2011 Qualified offer period. Federal tax ez form 2011    This period begins on the day the IRS mails you the first letter of proposed deficiency that allows you to request review by the IRS Office of Appeals. Federal tax ez form 2011 It ends 30 days before your case is first set for trial. Federal tax ez form 2011 Attorney fees. Federal tax ez form 2011   Attorney fees generally may not exceed $125 maximum hourly rate as set by statute and indexed for inflation. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, this amount can be higher in certain limited circumstances depending on the level of difficulty of the issues in the case and the local availability of tax expertise. Federal tax ez form 2011 See IRS. Federal tax ez form 2011 gov for more information. Federal tax ez form 2011    Attorney fees include the fees paid by a taxpayer for the services of anyone who is authorized to practice before the Tax Court or before the IRS. Federal tax ez form 2011 In addition, attorney fees can be awarded in civil actions for unauthorized inspection or disclosure of a taxpayer's return or return information. Federal tax ez form 2011   Fees can be awarded in excess of the actual amount charged if: You are represented for no fee, or for a nominal fee, as a pro bono service, and The award is paid to your representative or to your representative's employer. Federal tax ez form 2011 Jurisdiction for determination of employment status. Federal tax ez form 2011    The Tax Court can review IRS employment status determinations (for example, whether individuals hired by you are in fact your employees or independent contractors) and the amount of employment tax under such determinations. Federal tax ez form 2011 Tax Court review can take place only if, in connection with an audit of any person, there is a controversy involving a determination by the IRS that either: One or more individuals performing services for that person are employees of that person, or That person is not entitled to relief under Section 530(a) of the Revenue Act of 1978 (discussed later). Federal tax ez form 2011   The following rules also apply to a Tax Court review of employment status: A Tax Court petition to review these determinations can be filed only by the person for whom the services are performed, If you receive a Notice of Determination by certified or registered mail, you must file a petition for Tax Court review within 90 days of the date of mailing that notice (150 days if the notice is addressed to you outside the United States), If during the Tax Court proceeding, you begin to treat as an employee an individual whose employment status is at issue, the Tax Court will not consider that change in its decision, Assessment and collection of tax is suspended while the Tax Court review is taking place, Payment of the asserted employment tax deficiency is not required to petition the U. Federal tax ez form 2011 S. Federal tax ez form 2011 Tax Court for a determination of employment status. Federal tax ez form 2011 There can be a de novo review by the Tax Court (a review which does not consider IRS administrative findings), and At your request and with the Tax Court's agreement, small tax case procedures (discussed later) are available to simplify the case resolution process when the amount at issue (including additions to tax and penalties) is $50,000 or less for each tax period involved. Federal tax ez form 2011   For further information, see Publication 3953, Questions and Answers About Tax Court Proceedings for Determination of Employment Status Under IRC Section 7436. Federal tax ez form 2011 Section 530(a) of the Revenue Act of 1978. Federal tax ez form 2011   This section relieves an employer of certain employment tax responsibilities for individuals not treated as employees. Federal tax ez form 2011 It also provides relief to taxpayers under audit or involved in administrative or judicial proceedings. Federal tax ez form 2011 Tax Court review of request for relief from joint and several liability on a joint return. Federal tax ez form 2011    As discussed later, at Relief from joint and several liability on a joint return under Claims for Refund, you can request relief from liability for tax you owe, plus related penalties and interest, that you believe should be paid by your spouse (or former spouse). Federal tax ez form 2011 You also can petition (ask) the Tax Court to review your request for innocent spouse relief or separation of liability if either: The IRS sends you a determination notice denying, in whole or in part, your request, or You do not receive a determination notice from the IRS within 6 months from the date you file Form 8857. Federal tax ez form 2011   If you receive a determination notice, you must petition the Tax Court to review your request during the 90-day period that begins on the date the IRS mails the notice. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Publication 971 for more information. Federal tax ez form 2011 Note. Federal tax ez form 2011 Your spouse or former spouse may file a written protest and request an Appeals conference to protest your claim of innocent spouse relief or separation of liability. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Rev. Federal tax ez form 2011 Proc. Federal tax ez form 2011 2003-19, which is on page 371 of the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2003-5 at  www. Federal tax ez form 2011 irs. Federal tax ez form 2011 gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb03-05. Federal tax ez form 2011 pdf. Federal tax ez form 2011 Tax Court You can take your case to the United States Tax Court if you disagree with the IRS over: Income tax, Estate tax, Gift tax, Employment tax involving IRS employment status determinations, or Certain excise taxes of private foundations, public charities, qualified pension and other retirement plans, or real estate investment trusts. Federal tax ez form 2011 For information on Tax Court review of a determination of employment status, see Jurisdiction for determination of employment status, earlier. Federal tax ez form 2011 For information on Tax Court review of an IRS refusal to abate interest, see Tax Court can review failure to abate interest, earlier under Examination of Returns. Federal tax ez form 2011 For information on Tax Court review of Appeals determinations with respect to lien notices and proposed levies, see Publication 1660. Federal tax ez form 2011 You cannot take your case to the Tax Court before the IRS sends you a notice of deficiency. Federal tax ez form 2011 You can only appeal your case if you file a petition within 90 days from the date the notice is mailed to you (150 days if it is addressed to you outside the United States). Federal tax ez form 2011 The notice will show the 90th (or 150th) day by which you must file your petition with the Tax Court. Federal tax ez form 2011 Withdrawal of notice of deficiency. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you consent, the IRS can withdraw a notice of deficiency. Federal tax ez form 2011 A notice of deficiency may be rescinded if the notice was issued as a result of an administrative error; the taxpayer submits information establishing the actual tax due is less than the amount shown in the notice; the taxpayer specifically requests a conference with the appropriate Appeals office for the purpose of entering into settlement negotiations. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, the notice may be rescinded only if the appropriate Appeals office first decides that the case is susceptible to agreement. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Revenue Procedure 98-54 for a more detailed explanation of the requirements. Federal tax ez form 2011 Once withdrawn, the limits on credits, refunds, and assessments concerning the notice are void, and you and the IRS have the rights and obligations that you had before the notice was issued. Federal tax ez form 2011 The suspension of any time limitation while the notice of deficiency was issued will not change when the notice is withdrawn. Federal tax ez form 2011 After the notice is withdrawn, you cannot file a petition with the Tax Court based on the notice. Federal tax ez form 2011 Also, the IRS can later issue a notice of deficiency in a greater or lesser amount than the amount in the withdrawn deficiency. Federal tax ez form 2011 Generally, the Tax Court hears cases before any tax has been assessed and paid; however, you can pay the tax after the notice of deficiency has been issued and still petition the Tax Court for review. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you do not file your petition on time, the proposed tax will be assessed, a bill will be sent, and you will not be able to take your case to the Tax Court. Federal tax ez form 2011 Under the law, you must pay the tax within 21 days (10 business days if the amount is $100,000 or more). Federal tax ez form 2011 Collection can proceed even if you think that the amount is excessive. Federal tax ez form 2011 Publication 594 explains IRS collection procedures. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you filed your petition on time, the court will schedule your case for trial at a location convenient to you. Federal tax ez form 2011 You can represent yourself before the Tax Court or you can be represented by anyone admitted to practice before that court. Federal tax ez form 2011 Small tax case procedure. Federal tax ez form 2011   If the amount in your case is $50,000 or less for any 1 tax year or period, you can request that your case be handled under the small tax case procedure. Federal tax ez form 2011 If the Tax Court approves, you can present your case to the Tax Court for a decision that is final and that you cannot appeal. Federal tax ez form 2011 You can get more information regarding the small tax case procedure and other Tax Court matters from the United States Tax Court, 400 Second Street, N. Federal tax ez form 2011 W. Federal tax ez form 2011 , Washington, DC 20217. Federal tax ez form 2011 More information can be found on the Tax Court's website at www. Federal tax ez form 2011 ustaxcourt. Federal tax ez form 2011 gov. Federal tax ez form 2011 Motion to request redetermination of interest. Federal tax ez form 2011   In certain cases, you can file a motion asking the Tax Court to redetermine the amount of interest on either an underpayment or an overpayment. Federal tax ez form 2011 You can do this only in a situation that meets all of the following requirements: The IRS has assessed a deficiency that was determined by the Tax Court. Federal tax ez form 2011 The assessment included interest. Federal tax ez form 2011 You have paid the entire amount of the deficiency plus the interest claimed by the IRS. Federal tax ez form 2011 The Tax Court has found that you made an overpayment. Federal tax ez form 2011 You must file the motion within one year after the decision of the Tax Court becomes final. Federal tax ez form 2011 District Court and Court of Federal Claims Generally, the District Courts and the Court of Federal Claims hear tax cases only after you have paid the entire tax and penalties, and filed a claim for a credit or refund. Federal tax ez form 2011 The taxpayer may litigate certain types of employment tax cases in either the United States District Court or the United States Court of Federal Claims. Federal tax ez form 2011 Before taxpayers can initiate suit in either of these courts with respect to certain employment taxes, they will have to pay, at a minimum, the employment tax assessment attributable to one employee for any one quarter and file a claim for refund of the tax. Federal tax ez form 2011 Once the claim for refund is denied or 6 months elapse without any action by the IRS, the taxpayer may initiate suit. Federal tax ez form 2011 As explained later under Claims for Refund, you can file a claim with the IRS for a credit or refund if you think that the tax you paid is incorrect or excessive. Federal tax ez form 2011 If your claim is totally or partially disallowed by the IRS, you should receive a notice of claim disallowance. Federal tax ez form 2011 If the IRS does not act on your claim within 6 months from the date you filed it, you can then file suit for a refund. Federal tax ez form 2011 You generally must file suit for a credit or refund no later than 2 years after the IRS informs you that your claim has been rejected. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, you can file suit if it has been 6 months since you filed your claim and the IRS has not yet delivered a decision. Federal tax ez form 2011 You can file suit for a credit or refund in your United States District Court or in the United States Court of Federal Claims. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, you cannot appeal to the United States Court of Federal Claims if your claim is for credit or refund of a penalty that relates to promoting an abusive tax shelter or to aiding and abetting the understatement of tax liability on someone else's return. Federal tax ez form 2011 For information about procedures for filing suit in either court, contact the Clerk of your District Court or of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Federal tax ez form 2011 Refund or Credit of Overpayments Before Final Determination Any court with proper jurisdiction, including the Tax Court, can order the IRS to refund any part of a tax deficiency that the IRS collects from you during a period when the IRS is not permitted to assess that deficiency, or to levy or engage in any court proceeding to collect that deficiency. Federal tax ez form 2011 In addition, the court can order a refund of any part of an overpayment determined by the Tax Court that is not at issue on appeal to a higher court. Federal tax ez form 2011 The court can order these refunds before its decision on the case is final. Federal tax ez form 2011 Taxpayers should thoroughly review IRS settlement offers before signing a Tax Court Decision document to ensure that all adjustments are correct, including the inclusion of any tax credits that the taxpayer is allowed to claim. Federal tax ez form 2011 Note. Federal tax ez form 2011 The court may no longer order a refund of an overpayment after the case is final. Federal tax ez form 2011 Generally, the IRS is not permitted to take action on a tax deficiency during: The 90-day (or 150-day if outside the United States) period that you have to petition a notice of deficiency to the Tax Court, or The period that the case is under appeal if a bond is provided. Federal tax ez form 2011 Claims for Refund If you believe you have overpaid your tax, you have a limited amount of time in which to file a claim for a credit or refund. Federal tax ez form 2011 You can claim a credit or refund by filing Form 1040X. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Time for Filing a Claim for Refund , later. Federal tax ez form 2011 File your claim by mailing it to the IRS Service Center where you filed your original return. Federal tax ez form 2011 File a separate form for each year or period involved. Federal tax ez form 2011 Include an explanation of each item of income, deduction, or credit on which you are basing your claim. Federal tax ez form 2011 Corporations should file Form 1120X, Amended U. Federal tax ez form 2011 S. Federal tax ez form 2011 Corporation Income Tax Return, or other form appropriate to the type of credit or refund claimed. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Publication 3920 for information on filing claims for tax forgiveness for individuals affected by terrorist attacks. Federal tax ez form 2011 Requesting a copy of your tax return. Federal tax ez form 2011   You can obtain a copy of the actual return and all attachments you filed with the IRS for an earlier year. Federal tax ez form 2011 This includes a copy of the Form W-2 or Form 1099 filed with your return. Federal tax ez form 2011 Use Form 4506 to make your request. Federal tax ez form 2011 You will be charged a fee, which you must pay when you submit Form 4506. Federal tax ez form 2011 Requesting a copy of your tax account information. Federal tax ez form 2011   Use Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, to request free copies of your tax return transcript, tax account transcript, record of account, verification of nonfiling, or Form W-2, Form 1099 series, Form 1098 series, or Form 5498 series transcript. Federal tax ez form 2011 The tax return transcript contains most of the line items of a tax return. Federal tax ez form 2011 A tax account transcript contains information on the financial status of the account, such as payments, penalty assessments, and adjustments. Federal tax ez form 2011 A record of account is a combination of line item information and later adjustments to the account. Federal tax ez form 2011 Form W-2, Form 1099 series, Form 1098 series, or Form 5498 series transcript contains data from these information returns. Federal tax ez form 2011 Penalty for erroneous claim for refund. Federal tax ez form 2011   If you claim an excessive amount of tax refund or credit relating to income tax (other than a claim relating to the earned income credit), you may be liable for a penalty of 20% of the amount that is determined to be excessive. Federal tax ez form 2011 An excessive amount is the amount of the claim for refund or credit that is more than the amount of claim allowable for the tax year. Federal tax ez form 2011 The penalty may be waived if you can show that you had a reasonable basis for making the claim. Federal tax ez form 2011 Time for Filing a Claim for Refund Generally, you must file a claim for a credit or refund within 3 years from the date you filed your original return or 2 years from the date you paid the tax, whichever is later. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you do not file a claim within this period, you may no longer be entitled to a credit or a refund. Federal tax ez form 2011 If the due date to file a return or a claim for a credit or refund is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, it is filed on time if it is filed on the next business day. Federal tax ez form 2011 Returns you filed before the due date are considered filed on the due date. Federal tax ez form 2011 This is true even when the due date is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. Federal tax ez form 2011 Disaster area claims for refund. Federal tax ez form 2011   If you live in a Presidentially declared disaster area or are affected by terroristic or military action, the deadline to file a claim for a refund may be postponed. Federal tax ez form 2011 This section discusses the special rules that apply to Presidentially declared disaster area refunds. Federal tax ez form 2011    A Presidentially declared disaster is a disaster that occurred in an area declared by the President to be eligible for federal assistance under the Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Federal tax ez form 2011 Postponed refund deadlines. Federal tax ez form 2011   The IRS may postpone for up to 1 year the deadlines for filing a claim for refund. Federal tax ez form 2011 The postponement can be used by taxpayers who are affected by a Presidentially declared disaster. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS may also postpone deadlines for filing income and employment tax returns, paying income and employment taxes, and making contributions to a traditional IRA or Roth IRA. Federal tax ez form 2011 For more information, see Publication 547. Federal tax ez form 2011   If any deadline is postponed, the IRS will publicize the postponement in your area and publish a news release, revenue ruling, revenue procedure, notice, announcement, or other guidance in the Internal Revenue Bulletin. Federal tax ez form 2011 A list of the areas eligible for assistance under the Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act is available at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website at www. Federal tax ez form 2011 fema. Federal tax ez form 2011 gov and at the IRS website at www. Federal tax ez form 2011 irs. Federal tax ez form 2011 gov. Federal tax ez form 2011 Nonfilers can get refund of overpayments paid within 3-year period. Federal tax ez form 2011   The Tax Court can consider taxes paid during the 3-year period preceding the date of a notice of deficiency for determining any refund due to a nonfiler. Federal tax ez form 2011 This means that if you do not file your return, and you receive a notice of deficiency in the third year after the due date (with extensions) of your return and file suit with the Tax Court to contest the notice of deficiency, you may be able to receive a refund of excessive amounts paid within the 3-year period preceding the date of the notice of deficiency. Federal tax ez form 2011 The IRS may postpone for up to 1 year certain tax deadlines, including the time for filing claims for refund, for taxpayers who are affected by a terrorist attack occurring after September 10, 2001. Federal tax ez form 2011 For more information, see Publication 3920. Federal tax ez form 2011 Claim for refund by estates electing the installment method of payment. Federal tax ez form 2011   In certain cases where an estate has elected to make tax payments through the installment method, the executor can file a suit for refund with a U. Federal tax ez form 2011 S. Federal tax ez form 2011 District Court or the U. Federal tax ez form 2011 S. Federal tax ez form 2011 Court of Federal Claims before all the installment payments have been made. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, all the following must be true before a suit can be filed: The estate consists largely of an interest in a closely-held business. Federal tax ez form 2011 All installment payments due on or before the date the suit is filed have been made. Federal tax ez form 2011 No accelerated installment payments have been made. Federal tax ez form 2011 No Tax Court case is pending with respect to any estate tax liability. Federal tax ez form 2011 If a notice of deficiency was issued to the estate regarding its liability for estate tax, the time for petitioning the Tax Court has passed. Federal tax ez form 2011 No proceeding is pending for a declaratory judgment by the Tax Court on whether the estate is eligible to pay tax in installments. Federal tax ez form 2011 The executor has not included any previously litigated issues in the current suit for refund. Federal tax ez form 2011 The executor does not discontinue making installment payments timely, while the court considers the suit for refund. Federal tax ez form 2011    If in its final decision on the suit for refund the court redetermines the estate's tax liability, the IRS must refund any part of the estate tax amount that is disallowed. Federal tax ez form 2011 This includes any part of the disallowed amount previously collected by the IRS. Federal tax ez form 2011 Protective claim for refund. Federal tax ez form 2011   If your right to a refund is contingent on future events and may not be determinable until after the time period for filing a claim for refund expires, you can file a protective claim for refund. Federal tax ez form 2011 A protective claim can be either a formal claim or an amended return for credit or refund. Federal tax ez form 2011 Protective claims are often based on current litigation or expected changes in the tax law, other legislation, or regulations. Federal tax ez form 2011 A protective claim preserves your right to claim a refund when the contingency is resolved. Federal tax ez form 2011 A protective claim does not have to state a particular dollar amount or demand an immediate refund. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, to be valid, a protective claim must: Be in writing and be signed, Include your name, address, social security number or individual taxpayer identification number, and other contact information, Identify and describe the contingencies affecting the claim, Clearly alert the IRS to the essential nature of the claim, and Identify the specific year(s) for which a refund is sought. Federal tax ez form 2011   Generally, the IRS will delay action on the protective claim until the contingency is resolved. Federal tax ez form 2011 Once the contingency is resolved, the IRS may obtain additional information necessary to process the claim and then either allow or disallow the claim. Federal tax ez form 2011   Mail your protective claim for refund to the address listed in the instructions for Form 1040X, under Where To File. Federal tax ez form 2011 Exceptions The limits on your claim for refund can be affected by the type of item that forms the basis of your claim. Federal tax ez form 2011 Special refunds. Federal tax ez form 2011   If you file a claim for refund based on one of the items listed below, the limits discussed earlier under Time for Filing a Claim for Refund may not apply. Federal tax ez form 2011 These special items are: A bad debt, A worthless security, A payment or accrual of foreign tax, A net operating loss carryback, and A carryback of certain tax credits. Federal tax ez form 2011   The limits discussed earlier also may not apply if you have signed an agreement to extend the period of assessment of tax. Federal tax ez form 2011 For information on special rules on filing claims for an individual affected by a terrorist attack, see Publication 3920. Federal tax ez form 2011 Periods of financial disability. Federal tax ez form 2011   If you are an individual (not a corporation or other taxpaying entity), the period of limitations on credits and refunds can be suspended during periods when you cannot manage your financial affairs because of physical or mental impairment that is medically determinable and either: Has lasted or can be expected to last continuously for at least 12 months, or Can be expected to result in death. Federal tax ez form 2011    The period for filing a claim for refund will not be suspended for any time that someone else, such as your spouse or guardian, was authorized to act for you in financial matters. Federal tax ez form 2011   To claim financial disability, you generally must submit the following statements with your claim for credit or refund: A written statement signed by a physician, qualified to make the determination, that sets forth: The name and a description of your physical or mental impairment, The physician's medical opinion that your physical or mental impairment prevented you from managing your financial affairs, The physician's medical opinion that your physical or mental impairment was or can be expected to result in death, or that it has lasted (or can be expected to last) for a continuous period of not less than 12 months, and To the best of the physician's knowledge, the specific time period during which you were prevented by such physical or mental impairment from managing your financial affairs, and A written statement by the person signing the claim for credit or refund that no person, including your spouse, was authorized to act on your behalf in financial matters during the period described in paragraph (1)(d) of the physician's statement. Federal tax ez form 2011 Alternatively, if a person was authorized to act on your behalf in financial matters during any part of the period described in that paragraph, the beginning and ending dates of the period of time the person was so authorized. Federal tax ez form 2011    The period of limitations will not be suspended on any claim for refund that (without regard to this provision) was barred as of July 22, 1998. Federal tax ez form 2011 Limit on Amount of Refund If you file your claim within 3 years after filing your return, the credit or refund cannot be more than the part of the tax paid wi
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Federal tax ez form 2011 2. Federal tax ez form 2011   Ordinary or Capital Gain or Loss Table of Contents IntroductionSection 1231 transactions. Federal tax ez form 2011 Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Capital Assets Noncapital AssetsCommodities derivative dealer. Federal tax ez form 2011 Sales and Exchanges Between Related PersonsGain Is Ordinary Income Nondeductible Loss Other DispositionsSale of a Business Dispositions of Intangible Property Subdivision of Land Timber Precious Metals and Stones, Stamps, and Coins Coal and Iron Ore Conversion Transactions Introduction You must classify your gains and losses as either ordinary or capital (and your capital gains or losses as either short-term or long-term). Federal tax ez form 2011 You must do this to figure your net capital gain or loss. Federal tax ez form 2011 For individuals, a net capital gain may be taxed at a different tax rate than ordinary income. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Capital Gains Tax Rates in chapter 4. Federal tax ez form 2011 Your deduction for a net capital loss may be limited. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Treatment of Capital Losses in chapter 4. Federal tax ez form 2011 Capital gain or loss. Federal tax ez form 2011   Generally, you will have a capital gain or loss if you sell or exchange a capital asset. Federal tax ez form 2011 You also may have a capital gain if your section 1231 transactions result in a net gain. Federal tax ez form 2011 Section 1231 transactions. Federal tax ez form 2011   Section 1231 transactions are sales and exchanges of property held longer than 1 year and either used in a trade or business or held for the production of rents or royalties. Federal tax ez form 2011 They also include certain involuntary conversions of business or investment property, including capital assets. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Section 1231 Gains and Losses in chapter 3 for more information. Federal tax ez form 2011 Topics - This chapter discusses: Capital assets Noncapital assets Sales and exchanges between  related persons Other dispositions Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 550 Investment Income and Expenses Form (and Instructions) Schedule D (Form 1040) Capital Gains and Losses 4797 Sales of Business Property 8594 Asset Acquisition Statement Under Section 1060 8949 Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets See chapter 5 for information about getting publications and forms. Federal tax ez form 2011 Capital Assets Almost everything you own and use for personal purposes, pleasure, or investment is a capital asset. Federal tax ez form 2011 For exceptions, see Noncapital Assets, later. Federal tax ez form 2011 The following items are examples of capital assets. Federal tax ez form 2011 Stocks and bonds. Federal tax ez form 2011 A home owned and occupied by you and your family. Federal tax ez form 2011 Timber grown on your home property or investment property, even if you make casual sales of the timber. Federal tax ez form 2011 Household furnishings. Federal tax ez form 2011 A car used for pleasure or commuting. Federal tax ez form 2011 Coin or stamp collections. Federal tax ez form 2011 Gems and jewelry. Federal tax ez form 2011 Gold, silver, and other metals. Federal tax ez form 2011 Personal-use property. Federal tax ez form 2011   Generally, property held for personal use is a capital asset. Federal tax ez form 2011 Gain from a sale or exchange of that property is a capital gain. Federal tax ez form 2011 Loss from the sale or exchange of that property is not deductible. Federal tax ez form 2011 You can deduct a loss relating to personal-use property only if it results from a casualty or theft. Federal tax ez form 2011 Investment property. Federal tax ez form 2011   Investment property (such as stocks and bonds) is a capital asset, and a gain or loss from its sale or exchange is a capital gain or loss. Federal tax ez form 2011 This treatment does not apply to property used to produce rental income. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Business assets, later, under Noncapital Assets. Federal tax ez form 2011 Release of restriction on land. Federal tax ez form 2011   Amounts you receive for the release of a restrictive covenant in a deed to land are treated as proceeds from the sale of a capital asset. Federal tax ez form 2011 Noncapital Assets A noncapital asset is property that is not a capital asset. Federal tax ez form 2011 The following kinds of property are not capital assets. Federal tax ez form 2011 Stock in trade, inventory, and other property you hold mainly for sale to customers in your trade or business. Federal tax ez form 2011 Inventories are discussed in Publication 538, Accounting Periods and Methods. Federal tax ez form 2011 But, see the Tip below. Federal tax ez form 2011 Accounts or notes receivable acquired in the ordinary course of a trade or business for services rendered or from the sale of any properties described in (1), above. Federal tax ez form 2011 Depreciable property used in your trade or business or as rental property (including section 197 intangibles defined later), even if the property is fully depreciated (or amortized). Federal tax ez form 2011 Sales of this type of property are discussed in chapter 3. Federal tax ez form 2011 Real property used in your trade or business or as rental property, even if the property is fully depreciated. Federal tax ez form 2011 A copyright; a literary, musical, or artistic composition; a letter; a memorandum; or similar property (such as drafts of speeches, recordings, transcripts, manuscripts, drawings, or photographs): Created by your personal efforts, Prepared or produced for you (in the case of a letter, memorandum, or similar property), or Received from a person who created the property or for whom the property was prepared under circumstances (for example, by gift) entitling you to the basis of the person who created the property, or for whom it was prepared or produced. Federal tax ez form 2011 But, see the Tip below. Federal tax ez form 2011 U. Federal tax ez form 2011 S. Federal tax ez form 2011 Government publications you got from the government for free or for less than the normal sales price or that you acquired under circumstances entitling you to the basis of someone who got the publications for free or for less than the normal sales price. Federal tax ez form 2011 Any commodities derivative financial instrument (discussed later) held by a commodities derivatives dealer unless it meets both of the following requirements. Federal tax ez form 2011 It is established to the satisfaction of the IRS that the instrument has no connection to the activities of the dealer as a dealer. Federal tax ez form 2011 The instrument is clearly identified in the dealer's records as meeting (a) by the end of the day on which it was acquired, originated, or entered into. Federal tax ez form 2011 Any hedging transaction (defined later) that is clearly identified as a hedging transaction by the end of the day on which it was acquired, originated, or entered into. Federal tax ez form 2011 Supplies of a type you regularly use or consume in the ordinary course of your trade or business. Federal tax ez form 2011 You can elect to treat as capital assets certain self-created musical compositions or copyrights you sold or exchanged. Federal tax ez form 2011 See chapter 4 of Publication 550 for details. Federal tax ez form 2011 Property held mainly for sale to customers. Federal tax ez form 2011   Stock in trade, inventory, and other property you hold mainly for sale to customers in your trade or business are not capital assets. Federal tax ez form 2011 Inventories are discussed in Publication 538. Federal tax ez form 2011 Business assets. Federal tax ez form 2011   Real property and depreciable property used in your trade or business or as rental property (including section 197 intangibles defined later under Dispositions of Intangible Property) are not capital assets. Federal tax ez form 2011 The sale or disposition of business property is discussed in chapter 3. Federal tax ez form 2011 Letters and memoranda. Federal tax ez form 2011   Letters, memoranda, and similar property (such as drafts of speeches, recordings, transcripts, manuscripts, drawings, or photographs) are not treated as capital assets (as discussed earlier) if your personal efforts created them or if they were prepared or produced for you. Federal tax ez form 2011 Nor is this property a capital asset if your basis in it is determined by reference to the person who created it or the person for whom it was prepared. Federal tax ez form 2011 For this purpose, letters and memoranda addressed to you are considered prepared for you. Federal tax ez form 2011 If letters or memoranda are prepared by persons under your administrative control, they are considered prepared for you whether or not you review them. Federal tax ez form 2011 Commodities derivative financial instrument. Federal tax ez form 2011   A commodities derivative financial instrument is a commodities contract or other financial instrument for commodities (other than a share of corporate stock, a beneficial interest in a partnership or trust, a note, bond, debenture, or other evidence of indebtedness, or a section 1256 contract) the value or settlement price of which is calculated or determined by reference to a specified index (as defined in section 1221(b) of the Internal Revenue Code). Federal tax ez form 2011 Commodities derivative dealer. Federal tax ez form 2011   A commodities derivative dealer is a person who regularly offers to enter into, assume, offset, assign, or terminate positions in commodities derivative financial instruments with customers in the ordinary course of a trade or business. Federal tax ez form 2011 Hedging transaction. Federal tax ez form 2011   A hedging transaction is any transaction you enter into in the normal course of your trade or business primarily to manage any of the following. Federal tax ez form 2011 Risk of price changes or currency fluctuations involving ordinary property you hold or will hold. Federal tax ez form 2011 Risk of interest rate or price changes or currency fluctuations for borrowings you make or will make, or ordinary obligations you incur or will incur. Federal tax ez form 2011 Sales and Exchanges Between Related Persons This section discusses the rules that may apply to the sale or exchange of property between related persons. Federal tax ez form 2011 If these rules apply, gains may be treated as ordinary income and losses may not be deductible. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Transfers to Spouse in chapter 1 for rules that apply to spouses. Federal tax ez form 2011 Gain Is Ordinary Income If a gain is recognized on the sale or exchange of property to a related person, the gain may be ordinary income even if the property is a capital asset. Federal tax ez form 2011 It is ordinary income if the sale or exchange is a depreciable property transaction or a controlled partnership transaction. Federal tax ez form 2011 Depreciable property transaction. Federal tax ez form 2011   Gain on the sale or exchange of property, including a leasehold or a patent application, that is depreciable property in the hands of the person who receives it is ordinary income if the transaction is either directly or indirectly between any of the following pairs of entities. Federal tax ez form 2011 A person and the person's controlled entity or entities. Federal tax ez form 2011 A taxpayer and any trust in which the taxpayer (or his or her spouse) is a beneficiary unless the beneficiary's interest in the trust is a remote contingent interest; that is, the value of the interest computed actuarially is 5% or less of the value of the trust property. Federal tax ez form 2011 An executor and a beneficiary of an estate unless the sale or exchange is in satisfaction of a pecuniary bequest (a bequest for a sum of money). Federal tax ez form 2011 An employer (or any person related to the employer under rules (1), (2), or (3)) and a welfare benefit fund (within the meaning of section 419(e) of the Internal Revenue Code) that is controlled directly or indirectly by the employer (or any person related to the employer). Federal tax ez form 2011 Controlled entity. Federal tax ez form 2011   A person's controlled entity is either of the following. Federal tax ez form 2011 A corporation in which more than 50% of the value of all outstanding stock, or a partnership in which more than 50% of the capital interest or profits interest, is directly or indirectly owned by or for that person. Federal tax ez form 2011 An entity whose relationship with that person is one of the following. Federal tax ez form 2011 A corporation and a partnership if the same persons own more than 50% in value of the outstanding stock of the corporation and more than 50% of the capital interest or profits interest in the partnership. Federal tax ez form 2011 Two corporations that are members of the same controlled group as defined in section 1563(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, except that “more than 50%” is substituted for “at least 80%” in that definition. Federal tax ez form 2011 Two S corporations, if the same persons own more than 50% in value of the outstanding stock of each corporation. Federal tax ez form 2011 Two corporations, one of which is an S corporation, if the same persons own more than 50% in value of the outstanding stock of each corporation. Federal tax ez form 2011 Controlled partnership transaction. Federal tax ez form 2011   A gain recognized in a controlled partnership transaction may be ordinary income. Federal tax ez form 2011 The gain is ordinary income if it results from the sale or exchange of property that, in the hands of the party who receives it, is a noncapital asset such as trade accounts receivable, inventory, stock in trade, or depreciable or real property used in a trade or business. Federal tax ez form 2011   A controlled partnership transaction is a transaction directly or indirectly between either of the following pairs of entities. Federal tax ez form 2011 A partnership and a person who directly or indirectly owns more than 50% of the capital interest or profits interest in the partnership. Federal tax ez form 2011 Two partnerships, if the same persons directly or indirectly own more than 50% of the capital interests or profits interests in both partnerships. Federal tax ez form 2011 Determining ownership. Federal tax ez form 2011   In the transactions under Depreciable property transaction and Controlled partnership transaction, earlier, use the following rules to determine the ownership of stock or a partnership interest. Federal tax ez form 2011 Stock or a partnership interest directly or indirectly owned by or for a corporation, partnership, estate, or trust is considered owned proportionately by or for its shareholders, partners, or beneficiaries. Federal tax ez form 2011 (However, for a partnership interest owned by or for a C corporation, this applies only to shareholders who directly or indirectly own 5% or more in value of the stock of the corporation. Federal tax ez form 2011 ) An individual is considered as owning the stock or partnership interest directly or indirectly owned by or for his or her family. Federal tax ez form 2011 Family includes only brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants. Federal tax ez form 2011 For purposes of applying (1) or (2), above, stock or a partnership interest constructively owned by a person under (1) is treated as actually owned by that person. Federal tax ez form 2011 But stock or a partnership interest constructively owned by an individual under (2) is not treated as owned by the individual for reapplying (2) to make another person the constructive owner of that stock or partnership interest. Federal tax ez form 2011 Nondeductible Loss A loss on the sale or exchange of property between related persons is not deductible. Federal tax ez form 2011 This applies to both direct and indirect transactions, but not to distributions of property from a corporation in a complete liquidation. Federal tax ez form 2011 For the list of related persons, see Related persons next. Federal tax ez form 2011 If a sale or exchange is between any of these related persons and involves the lump-sum sale of a number of blocks of stock or pieces of property, the gain or loss must be figured separately for each block of stock or piece of property. Federal tax ez form 2011 The gain on each item is taxable. Federal tax ez form 2011 The loss on any item is nondeductible. Federal tax ez form 2011 Gains from the sales of any of these items may not be offset by losses on the sales of any of the other items. Federal tax ez form 2011 Related persons. Federal tax ez form 2011   The following is a list of related persons. Federal tax ez form 2011 Members of a family, including only brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, spouse, ancestors (parents, grandparents, etc. Federal tax ez form 2011 ), and lineal descendants (children, grandchildren, etc. Federal tax ez form 2011 ). Federal tax ez form 2011 An individual and a corporation if the individual directly or indirectly owns more than 50% in value of the outstanding stock of the corporation. Federal tax ez form 2011 Two corporations that are members of the same controlled group as defined in section 267(f) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal tax ez form 2011 A trust fiduciary and a corporation if the trust or the grantor of the trust directly or indirectly owns more than 50% in value of the outstanding stock of the corporation. Federal tax ez form 2011 A grantor and fiduciary, and the fiduciary and beneficiary, of any trust. Federal tax ez form 2011 Fiduciaries of two different trusts, and the fiduciary and beneficiary of two different trusts, if the same person is the grantor of both trusts. Federal tax ez form 2011 A tax-exempt educational or charitable organization and a person who directly or indirectly controls the organization, or a member of that person's family. Federal tax ez form 2011 A corporation and a partnership if the same persons own more than 50% in value of the outstanding stock of the corporation and more than 50% of the capital interest or profits interest in the partnership. Federal tax ez form 2011 Two S corporations if the same persons own more than 50% in value of the outstanding stock of each corporation. Federal tax ez form 2011 Two corporations, one of which is an S corporation, if the same persons own more than 50% in value of the outstanding stock of each corporation. Federal tax ez form 2011 An executor and a beneficiary of an estate unless the sale or exchange is in satisfaction of a pecuniary bequest. Federal tax ez form 2011 Two partnerships if the same persons directly or indirectly own more than 50% of the capital interests or profits interests in both partnerships. Federal tax ez form 2011 A person and a partnership if the person directly or indirectly owns more than 50% of the capital interest or profits interest in the partnership. Federal tax ez form 2011 Partnership interests. Federal tax ez form 2011   The nondeductible loss rule does not apply to a sale or exchange of an interest in the partnership between the related persons described in (12) or (13) above. Federal tax ez form 2011 Controlled groups. Federal tax ez form 2011   Losses on transactions between members of the same controlled group described in (3) earlier are deferred rather than denied. Federal tax ez form 2011   For more information, see section 267(f) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal tax ez form 2011 Ownership of stock or partnership interests. Federal tax ez form 2011   In determining whether an individual directly or indirectly owns any of the outstanding stock of a corporation or an interest in a partnership for a loss on a sale or exchange, the following rules apply. Federal tax ez form 2011 Stock or a partnership interest directly or indirectly owned by or for a corporation, partnership, estate, or trust is considered owned proportionately by or for its shareholders, partners, or beneficiaries. Federal tax ez form 2011 (However, for a partnership interest owned by or for a C corporation, this applies only to shareholders who directly or indirectly own 5% or more in value of the stock of the corporation. Federal tax ez form 2011 ) An individual is considered as owning the stock or partnership interest directly or indirectly owned by or for his or her family. Federal tax ez form 2011 Family includes only brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants. Federal tax ez form 2011 An individual owning (other than by applying (2)) any stock in a corporation is considered to own the stock directly or indirectly owned by or for his or her partner. Federal tax ez form 2011 For purposes of applying (1), (2), or (3), stock or a partnership interest constructively owned by a person under (1) is treated as actually owned by that person. Federal tax ez form 2011 But stock or a partnership interest constructively owned by an individual under (2) or (3) is not treated as owned by the individual for reapplying either (2) or (3) to make another person the constructive owner of that stock or partnership interest. Federal tax ez form 2011 Indirect transactions. Federal tax ez form 2011   You cannot deduct your loss on the sale of stock through your broker if under a prearranged plan a related person or entity buys the same stock you had owned. Federal tax ez form 2011 This does not apply to a cross-trade between related parties through an exchange that is purely coincidental and is not prearranged. Federal tax ez form 2011 Property received from a related person. Federal tax ez form 2011   If, in a purchase or exchange, you received property from a related person who had a loss that was not allowable and you later sell or exchange the property at a gain, you recognize the gain only to the extent it is more than the loss previously disallowed to the related person. Federal tax ez form 2011 This rule applies only to the original transferee. Federal tax ez form 2011 Example 1. Federal tax ez form 2011 Your brother sold stock to you for $7,600. Federal tax ez form 2011 His cost basis was $10,000. Federal tax ez form 2011 His loss of $2,400 was not deductible. Federal tax ez form 2011 You later sell the same stock to an unrelated party for $10,500, realizing a gain of $2,900 ($10,500 − $7,600). Federal tax ez form 2011 Your recognized gain is only $500, the gain that is more than the $2,400 loss not allowed to your brother. Federal tax ez form 2011 Example 2. Federal tax ez form 2011 Assume the same facts as in Example 1, except that you sell the stock for $6,900 instead of $10,500. Federal tax ez form 2011 Your recognized loss is only $700 ($7,600 − $6,900). Federal tax ez form 2011 You cannot deduct the loss not allowed to your brother. Federal tax ez form 2011 Other Dispositions This section discusses rules for determining the treatment of gain or loss from various dispositions of property. Federal tax ez form 2011 Sale of a Business The sale of a business usually is not a sale of one asset. Federal tax ez form 2011 Instead, all the assets of the business are sold. Federal tax ez form 2011 Generally, when this occurs, each asset is treated as being sold separately for determining the treatment of gain or loss. Federal tax ez form 2011 A business usually has many assets. Federal tax ez form 2011 When sold, these assets must be classified as capital assets, depreciable property used in the business, real property used in the business, or property held for sale to customers, such as inventory or stock in trade. Federal tax ez form 2011 The gain or loss on each asset is figured separately. Federal tax ez form 2011 The sale of capital assets results in capital gain or loss. Federal tax ez form 2011 The sale of real property or depreciable property used in the business and held longer than 1 year results in gain or loss from a section 1231 transaction (discussed in chapter 3). Federal tax ez form 2011 The sale of inventory results in ordinary income or loss. Federal tax ez form 2011 Partnership interests. Federal tax ez form 2011   An interest in a partnership or joint venture is treated as a capital asset when sold. Federal tax ez form 2011 The part of any gain or loss from unrealized receivables or inventory items will be treated as ordinary gain or loss. Federal tax ez form 2011 For more information, see Disposition of Partner's Interest in Publication 541. Federal tax ez form 2011 Corporation interests. Federal tax ez form 2011   Your interest in a corporation is represented by stock certificates. Federal tax ez form 2011 When you sell these certificates, you usually realize capital gain or loss. Federal tax ez form 2011 For information on the sale of stock, see chapter 4 in Publication 550. Federal tax ez form 2011 Corporate liquidations. Federal tax ez form 2011   Corporate liquidations of property generally are treated as a sale or exchange. Federal tax ez form 2011 Gain or loss generally is recognized by the corporation on a liquidating sale of its assets. Federal tax ez form 2011 Gain or loss generally is recognized also on a liquidating distribution of assets as if the corporation sold the assets to the distributee at fair market value. Federal tax ez form 2011   In certain cases in which the distributee is a corporation in control of the distributing corporation, the distribution may not be taxable. Federal tax ez form 2011 For more information, see section 332 of the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations. Federal tax ez form 2011 Allocation of consideration paid for a business. Federal tax ez form 2011   The sale of a trade or business for a lump sum is considered a sale of each individual asset rather than of a single asset. Federal tax ez form 2011 Except for assets exchanged under any nontaxable exchange rules, both the buyer and seller of a business must use the residual method (explained later) to allocate the consideration to each business asset transferred. Federal tax ez form 2011 This method determines gain or loss from the transfer of each asset and how much of the consideration is for goodwill and certain other intangible property. Federal tax ez form 2011 It also determines the buyer's basis in the business assets. Federal tax ez form 2011 Consideration. Federal tax ez form 2011   The buyer's consideration is the cost of the assets acquired. Federal tax ez form 2011 The seller's consideration is the amount realized (money plus the fair market value of property received) from the sale of assets. Federal tax ez form 2011 Residual method. Federal tax ez form 2011   The residual method must be used for any transfer of a group of assets that constitutes a trade or business and for which the buyer's basis is determined only by the amount paid for the assets. Federal tax ez form 2011 This applies to both direct and indirect transfers, such as the sale of a business or the sale of a partnership interest in which the basis of the buyer's share of the partnership assets is adjusted for the amount paid under section 743(b) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal tax ez form 2011 Section 743(b) applies if a partnership has an election in effect under section 754 of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal tax ez form 2011   A group of assets constitutes a trade or business if either of the following applies. Federal tax ez form 2011 Goodwill or going concern value could, under any circumstances, attach to them. Federal tax ez form 2011 The use of the assets would constitute an active trade or business under section 355 of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal tax ez form 2011   The residual method provides for the consideration to be reduced first by the amount of Class I assets (defined below). Federal tax ez form 2011 The consideration remaining after this reduction must be allocated among the various business assets in a certain order. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Classes of assets next for the complete order. Federal tax ez form 2011 Classes of assets. Federal tax ez form 2011   The following definitions are the classifications for deemed or actual asset acquisitions. Federal tax ez form 2011 Allocate the consideration among the assets in the following order. Federal tax ez form 2011 The amount allocated to an asset, other than a Class VII asset, cannot exceed its fair market value on the purchase date. Federal tax ez form 2011 The amount you can allocate to an asset also is subject to any applicable limits under the Internal Revenue Code or general principles of tax law. Federal tax ez form 2011 Class I assets are cash and general deposit accounts (including checking and savings accounts but excluding certificates of deposit). Federal tax ez form 2011 Class II assets are certificates of deposit, U. Federal tax ez form 2011 S. Federal tax ez form 2011 Government securities, foreign currency, and actively traded personal property, including stock and securities. Federal tax ez form 2011 Class III assets are accounts receivable, other debt instruments, and assets that you mark to market at least annually for federal income tax purposes. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, see section 1. Federal tax ez form 2011 338-6(b)(2)(iii) of the regulations for exceptions that apply to debt instruments issued by persons related to a target corporation, contingent debt instruments, and debt instruments convertible into stock or other property. Federal tax ez form 2011 Class IV assets are property of a kind that would properly be included in inventory if on hand at the end of the tax year or property held by the taxpayer primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business. Federal tax ez form 2011 Class V assets are all assets other than Class I, II, III, IV, VI, and VII assets. Federal tax ez form 2011    Note. Federal tax ez form 2011 Furniture and fixtures, buildings, land, vehicles, and equipment, which constitute all or part of a trade or business are generally Class V assets. Federal tax ez form 2011 Class VI assets are section 197 intangibles (other than goodwill and going concern value). Federal tax ez form 2011 Class VII assets are goodwill and going concern value (whether the goodwill or going concern value qualifies as a section 197 intangible). Federal tax ez form 2011   If an asset described in one of the classifications described above can be included in more than one class, include it in the lower numbered class. Federal tax ez form 2011 For example, if an asset is described in both Class II and Class IV, choose Class II. Federal tax ez form 2011 Example. Federal tax ez form 2011 The total paid in the sale of the assets of Company SKB is $21,000. Federal tax ez form 2011 No cash or deposit accounts or similar accounts were sold. Federal tax ez form 2011 The company's U. Federal tax ez form 2011 S. Federal tax ez form 2011 Government securities sold had a fair market value of $3,200. Federal tax ez form 2011 The only other asset transferred (other than goodwill and going concern value) was inventory with a fair market value of $15,000. Federal tax ez form 2011 Of the $21,000 paid for the assets of Company SKB, $3,200 is allocated to U. Federal tax ez form 2011 S. Federal tax ez form 2011 Government securities, $15,000 to inventory assets, and the remaining $2,800 to goodwill and going concern value. Federal tax ez form 2011 Agreement. Federal tax ez form 2011   The buyer and seller may enter into a written agreement as to the allocation of any consideration or the fair market value of any of the assets. Federal tax ez form 2011 This agreement is binding on both parties unless the IRS determines the amounts are not appropriate. Federal tax ez form 2011 Reporting requirement. Federal tax ez form 2011   Both the buyer and seller involved in the sale of business assets must report to the IRS the allocation of the sales price among section 197 intangibles and the other business assets. Federal tax ez form 2011 Use Form 8594, Asset Acquisition Statement Under Section 1060, to provide this information. Federal tax ez form 2011 Generally, the buyer and seller should each attach Form 8594 to their federal income tax return for the year in which the sale occurred. Federal tax ez form 2011 See the Instructions for Form 8594. Federal tax ez form 2011 Dispositions of Intangible Property Intangible property is any personal property that has value but cannot be seen or touched. Federal tax ez form 2011 It includes such items as patents, copyrights, and the goodwill value of a business. Federal tax ez form 2011 Gain or loss on the sale or exchange of amortizable or depreciable intangible property held longer than 1 year (other than an amount recaptured as ordinary income) is a section 1231 gain or loss. Federal tax ez form 2011 The treatment of section 1231 gain or loss and the recapture of amortization and depreciation as ordinary income are explained in chapter 3. Federal tax ez form 2011 See chapter 8 of Publication 535, Business Expenses, for information on amortizable intangible property and chapter 1 of Publication 946, How To Depreciate Property, for information on intangible property that can and cannot be depreciated. Federal tax ez form 2011 Gain or loss on dispositions of other intangible property is ordinary or capital depending on whether the property is a capital asset or a noncapital asset. Federal tax ez form 2011 The following discussions explain special rules that apply to certain dispositions of intangible property. Federal tax ez form 2011 Section 197 Intangibles Section 197 intangibles are certain intangible assets acquired after August 10, 1993 (after July 25, 1991, if chosen), and held in connection with the conduct of a trade or business or an activity entered into for profit whose costs are amortized over 15 years. Federal tax ez form 2011 They include the following assets. Federal tax ez form 2011 Goodwill. Federal tax ez form 2011 Going concern value. Federal tax ez form 2011 Workforce in place. Federal tax ez form 2011 Business books and records, operating systems, and other information bases. Federal tax ez form 2011 Patents, copyrights, formulas, processes, designs, patterns, know how, formats, and similar items. Federal tax ez form 2011 Customer-based intangibles. Federal tax ez form 2011 Supplier-based intangibles. Federal tax ez form 2011 Licenses, permits, and other rights granted by a governmental unit. Federal tax ez form 2011 Covenants not to compete entered into in connection with the acquisition of a business. Federal tax ez form 2011 Franchises, trademarks, and trade names. Federal tax ez form 2011 See chapter 8 of Publication 535 for a description of each intangible. Federal tax ez form 2011 Dispositions. Federal tax ez form 2011   You cannot deduct a loss from the disposition or worthlessness of a section 197 intangible you acquired in the same transaction (or series of related transactions) as another section 197 intangible you still hold. Federal tax ez form 2011 Instead, you must increase the adjusted basis of your retained section 197 intangible by the nondeductible loss. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you retain more than one section 197 intangible, increase each intangible's adjusted basis. Federal tax ez form 2011 Figure the increase by multiplying the nondeductible loss by a fraction, the numerator (top number) of which is the retained intangible's adjusted basis on the date of the loss and the denominator (bottom number) of which is the total adjusted basis of all retained intangibles on the date of the loss. Federal tax ez form 2011   In applying this rule, members of the same controlled group of corporations and commonly controlled businesses are treated as a single entity. Federal tax ez form 2011 For example, a corporation cannot deduct a loss on the sale of a section 197 intangible if, after the sale, a member of the same controlled group retains other section 197 intangibles acquired in the same transaction as the intangible sold. Federal tax ez form 2011 Covenant not to compete. Federal tax ez form 2011   A covenant not to compete (or similar arrangement) that is a section 197 intangible cannot be treated as disposed of or worthless before you have disposed of your entire interest in the trade or business for which the covenant was entered into. Federal tax ez form 2011 Members of the same controlled group of corporations and commonly controlled businesses are treated as a single entity in determining whether a member has disposed of its entire interest in a trade or business. Federal tax ez form 2011 Anti-churning rules. Federal tax ez form 2011   Anti-churning rules prevent a taxpayer from converting section 197 intangibles that do not qualify for amortization into property that would qualify for amortization. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, these rules do not apply to part of the basis of property acquired by certain related persons if the transferor elects to do both the following. Federal tax ez form 2011 Recognize gain on the transfer of the property. Federal tax ez form 2011 Pay income tax on the gain at the highest tax rate. Federal tax ez form 2011   If the transferor is a partnership or S corporation, the partnership or S corporation (not the partners or shareholders) can make the election. Federal tax ez form 2011 But each partner or shareholder must pay the tax on his or her share of gain. Federal tax ez form 2011   To make the election, you, as the transferor, must attach a statement containing certain information to your income tax return for the year of the transfer. Federal tax ez form 2011 You must file the tax return by the due date (including extensions). Federal tax ez form 2011 You must also notify the transferee of the election in writing by the due date of the return. Federal tax ez form 2011   If you timely filed your return without making the election, you can make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months after the due date of the return (excluding extensions). Federal tax ez form 2011 Attach the statement to the amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Federal tax ez form 2011 9100-2” at the top of the statement. Federal tax ez form 2011 File the amended return at the same address the original return was filed. Federal tax ez form 2011 For more information about making the election, see Regulations section 1. Federal tax ez form 2011 197-2(h)(9). Federal tax ez form 2011 For information about reporting the tax on your income tax return, see the Instructions for Form 4797. Federal tax ez form 2011 Patents The transfer of a patent by an individual is treated as a sale or exchange of a capital asset held longer than 1 year. Federal tax ez form 2011 This applies even if the payments for the patent are made periodically during the transferee's use or are contingent on the productivity, use, or disposition of the patent. Federal tax ez form 2011 For information on the treatment of gain or loss on the transfer of capital assets, see chapter 4. Federal tax ez form 2011 This treatment applies to your transfer of a patent if you meet all the following conditions. Federal tax ez form 2011 You are the holder of the patent. Federal tax ez form 2011 You transfer the patent other than by gift, inheritance, or devise. Federal tax ez form 2011 You transfer all substantial rights to the patent or an undivided interest in all such rights. Federal tax ez form 2011 You do not transfer the patent to a related person. Federal tax ez form 2011 Holder. Federal tax ez form 2011   You are the holder of a patent if you are either of the following. Federal tax ez form 2011 The individual whose effort created the patent property and who qualifies as the original and first inventor. Federal tax ez form 2011 The individual who bought an interest in the patent from the inventor before the invention was tested and operated successfully under operating conditions and who is neither related to, nor the employer of, the inventor. Federal tax ez form 2011 All substantial rights. Federal tax ez form 2011   All substantial rights to patent property are all rights that have value when they are transferred. Federal tax ez form 2011 A security interest (such as a lien), or a reservation calling for forfeiture for nonperformance, is not treated as a substantial right for these rules and may be kept by you as the holder of the patent. Federal tax ez form 2011   All substantial rights to a patent are not transferred if any of the following apply to the transfer. Federal tax ez form 2011 The rights are limited geographically within a country. Federal tax ez form 2011 The rights are limited to a period less than the remaining life of the patent. Federal tax ez form 2011 The rights are limited to fields of use within trades or industries and are less than all the rights that exist and have value at the time of the transfer. Federal tax ez form 2011 The rights are less than all the claims or inventions covered by the patent that exist and have value at the time of the transfer. Federal tax ez form 2011 Related persons. Federal tax ez form 2011   This tax treatment does not apply if the transfer is directly or indirectly between you and a related person as defined earlier in the list under Nondeductible Loss, with the following changes. Federal tax ez form 2011 Members of your family include your spouse, ancestors, and lineal descendants, but not your brothers, sisters, half-brothers, or half-sisters. Federal tax ez form 2011 Substitute “25% or more” ownership for “more than 50%. Federal tax ez form 2011 ”   If you fit within the definition of a related person independent of family status, the brother-sister exception in (1), earlier, does not apply. Federal tax ez form 2011 For example, a transfer between a brother and a sister as beneficiary and fiduciary of the same trust is a transfer between related persons. Federal tax ez form 2011 The brother-sister exception does not apply because the trust relationship is independent of family status. Federal tax ez form 2011 Franchise, Trademark, or Trade Name If you transfer or renew a franchise, trademark, or trade name for a price contingent on its productivity, use, or disposition, the amount you receive generally is treated as an amount realized from the sale of a noncapital asset. Federal tax ez form 2011 A franchise includes an agreement that gives one of the parties the right to distribute, sell, or provide goods, services, or facilities within a specified area. Federal tax ez form 2011 Significant power, right, or continuing interest. Federal tax ez form 2011   If you keep any significant power, right, or continuing interest in the subject matter of a franchise, trademark, or trade name that you transfer or renew, the amount you receive is ordinary royalty income rather than an amount realized from a sale or exchange. Federal tax ez form 2011   A significant power, right, or continuing interest in a franchise, trademark, or trade name includes, but is not limited to, the following rights in the transferred interest. Federal tax ez form 2011 A right to disapprove any assignment of the interest, or any part of it. Federal tax ez form 2011 A right to end the agreement at will. Federal tax ez form 2011 A right to set standards of quality for products used or sold, or for services provided, and for the equipment and facilities used to promote such products or services. Federal tax ez form 2011 A right to make the recipient sell or advertise only your products or services. Federal tax ez form 2011 A right to make the recipient buy most supplies and equipment from you. Federal tax ez form 2011 A right to receive payments based on the productivity, use, or disposition of the transferred item of interest if those payments are a substantial part of the transfer agreement. Federal tax ez form 2011 Subdivision of Land If you own a tract of land and, to sell or exchange it, you subdivide it into individual lots or parcels, the gain normally is ordinary income. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, you may receive capital gain treatment on at least part of the proceeds provided you meet certain requirements. Federal tax ez form 2011 See section 1237 of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal tax ez form 2011 Timber Standing timber held as investment property is a capital asset. Federal tax ez form 2011 Gain or loss from its sale is reported as a capital gain or loss on Form 8949, and Schedule D (Form 1040), as applicable. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you held the timber primarily for sale to customers, it is not a capital asset. Federal tax ez form 2011 Gain or loss on its sale is ordinary business income or loss. Federal tax ez form 2011 It is reported in the gross receipts or sales and cost of goods sold items of your return. Federal tax ez form 2011 Farmers who cut timber on their land and sell it as logs, firewood, or pulpwood usually have no cost or other basis for that timber. Federal tax ez form 2011 These sales constitute a very minor part of their farm businesses. Federal tax ez form 2011 In these cases, amounts realized from such sales, and the expenses of cutting, hauling, etc. Federal tax ez form 2011 , are ordinary farm income and expenses reported on Schedule F (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Farming. Federal tax ez form 2011 Different rules apply if you owned the timber longer than 1 year and elect to either: Treat timber cutting as a sale or exchange, or Enter into a cutting contract. Federal tax ez form 2011 Timber is considered cut on the date when, in the ordinary course of business, the quantity of felled timber is first definitely determined. Federal tax ez form 2011 This is true whether the timber is cut under contract or whether you cut it yourself. Federal tax ez form 2011 Under the rules discussed below, disposition of the timber is treated as a section 1231 transaction. Federal tax ez form 2011 See chapter 3. Federal tax ez form 2011 Gain or loss is reported on Form 4797. Federal tax ez form 2011 Christmas trees. Federal tax ez form 2011   Evergreen trees, such as Christmas trees, that are more than 6 years old when severed from their roots and sold for ornamental purposes are included in the term timber. Federal tax ez form 2011 They qualify for both rules discussed below. Federal tax ez form 2011 Election to treat cutting as a sale or exchange. Federal tax ez form 2011   Under the general rule, the cutting of timber results in no gain or loss. Federal tax ez form 2011 It is not until a sale or exchange occurs that gain or loss is realized. Federal tax ez form 2011 But if you owned or had a contractual right to cut timber, you can elect to treat the cutting of timber as a section 1231 transaction in the year the timber is cut. Federal tax ez form 2011 Even though the cut timber is not actually sold or exchanged, you report your gain or loss on the cutting for the year the timber is cut. Federal tax ez form 2011 Any later sale results in ordinary business income or loss. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Example, later. Federal tax ez form 2011   To elect this treatment, you must: Own or hold a contractual right to cut the timber for a period of more than 1 year before it is cut, and Cut the timber for sale or for use in your trade or business. Federal tax ez form 2011 Making the election. Federal tax ez form 2011   You make the election on your return for the year the cutting takes place by including in income the gain or loss on the cutting and including a computation of the gain or loss. Federal tax ez form 2011 You do not have to make the election in the first year you cut timber. Federal tax ez form 2011 You can make it in any year to which the election would apply. Federal tax ez form 2011 If the timber is partnership property, the election is made on the partnership return. Federal tax ez form 2011 This election cannot be made on an amended return. Federal tax ez form 2011   Once you have made the election, it remains in effect for all later years unless you cancel it. Federal tax ez form 2011   If you previously elected to treat the cutting of timber as a sale or exchange, you may revoke this election without the consent of the IRS. Federal tax ez form 2011 The prior election (and revocation) is disregarded for purposes of making a subsequent election. Federal tax ez form 2011 See Form T (Timber), Forest Activities Schedule, for more information. Federal tax ez form 2011 Gain or loss. Federal tax ez form 2011   Your gain or loss on the cutting of standing timber is the difference between its adjusted basis for depletion and its fair market value on the first day of your tax year in which it is cut. Federal tax ez form 2011   Your adjusted basis for depletion of cut timber is based on the number of units (feet board measure, log scale, or other units) of timber cut during the tax year and considered to be sold or exchanged. Federal tax ez form 2011 Your adjusted basis for depletion is also based on the depletion unit of timber in the account used for the cut timber, and should be figured in the same manner as shown in section 611 of the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations. Federal tax ez form 2011   Timber depletion is discussed in chapter 9 of Publication 535. Federal tax ez form 2011 Example. Federal tax ez form 2011 In April 2013, you had owned 4,000 MBF (1,000 board feet) of standing timber longer than 1 year. Federal tax ez form 2011 It had an adjusted basis for depletion of $40 per MBF. Federal tax ez form 2011 You are a calendar year taxpayer. Federal tax ez form 2011 On January 1, 2013, the timber had a fair market value (FMV) of $350 per MBF. Federal tax ez form 2011 It was cut in April for sale. Federal tax ez form 2011 On your 2013 tax return, you elect to treat the cutting of the timber as a sale or exchange. Federal tax ez form 2011 You report the difference between the fair market value and your adjusted basis for depletion as a gain. Federal tax ez form 2011 This amount is reported on Form 4797 along with your other section 1231 gains and losses to figure whether it is treated as capital gain or as ordinary gain. Federal tax ez form 2011 You figure your gain as follows. Federal tax ez form 2011 FMV of timber January 1, 2013 $1,400,000 Minus: Adjusted basis for depletion 160,000 Section 1231 gain $1,240,000 The fair market value becomes your basis in the cut timber and a later sale of the cut timber including any by-product or tree tops will result in ordinary business income or loss. Federal tax ez form 2011 Outright sales of timber. Federal tax ez form 2011   Outright sales of timber by landowners qualify for capital gains treatment using rules similar to the rules for certain disposal of timber under a contract with retained economic interest (defined below). Federal tax ez form 2011 However, for outright sales, the date of disposal is not deemed to be the date the timber is cut because the landowner can elect to treat the payment date as the date of disposal (see below). Federal tax ez form 2011 Cutting contract. Federal tax ez form 2011   You must treat the disposal of standing timber under a cutting contract as a section 1231 transaction if all the following apply to you. Federal tax ez form 2011 You are the owner of the timber. Federal tax ez form 2011 You held the timber longer than 1 year before its disposal. Federal tax ez form 2011 You kept an economic interest in the timber. Federal tax ez form 2011   You have kept an economic interest in standing timber if, under the cutting contract, the expected return on your investment is conditioned on the cutting of the timber. Federal tax ez form 2011   The difference between the amount realized from the disposal of the timber and its adjusted basis for depletion is treated as gain or loss on its sale. Federal tax ez form 2011 Include this amount on Form 4797 along with your other section 1231 gains or losses to figure whether it is treated as capital or ordinary gain or loss. Federal tax ez form 2011 Date of disposal. Federal tax ez form 2011   The date of disposal is the date the timber is cut. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, for outright sales by landowners or if you receive payment under the contract before the timber is cut, you can elect to treat the date of payment as the date of disposal. Federal tax ez form 2011   This election applies only to figure the holding period of the timber. Federal tax ez form 2011 It has no effect on the time for reporting gain or loss (generally when the timber is sold or exchanged). Federal tax ez form 2011   To make this election, attach a statement to the tax return filed by the due date (including extensions) for the year payment is received. Federal tax ez form 2011 The statement must identify the advance payments subject to the election and the contract under which they were made. Federal tax ez form 2011   If you timely filed your return for the year you received payment without making the election, you still can make the election by filing an amended return within 6 months after the due date for that year's return (excluding extensions). Federal tax ez form 2011 Attach the statement to the amended return and write “Filed pursuant to section 301. Federal tax ez form 2011 9100-2” at the top of the statement. Federal tax ez form 2011 File the amended return at the same address the original return was filed. Federal tax ez form 2011 Owner. Federal tax ez form 2011   The owner of timber is any person who owns an interest in it, including a sublessor and the holder of a contract to cut the timber. Federal tax ez form 2011 You own an interest in timber if you have the right to cut it for sale on your own account or for use in your business. Federal tax ez form 2011 Tree stumps. Federal tax ez form 2011   Tree stumps are a capital asset if they are on land held by an investor who is not in the timber or stump business as a buyer, seller, or processor. Federal tax ez form 2011 Gain from the sale of stumps sold in one lot by such a holder is taxed as a capital gain. Federal tax ez form 2011 However, tree stumps held by timber operators after the saleable standing timber was cut and removed from the land are considered by-products. Federal tax ez form 2011 Gain from the sale of stumps in lots or tonnage by such operators is taxed as ordinary income. Federal tax ez form 2011   See Form T (Timber) and its separate instructions for more information about dispositions of timber. Federal tax ez form 2011 Precious Metals and Stones, Stamps, and Coins Gold, silver, gems, stamps, coins, etc. Federal tax ez form 2011 , are capital assets except when they are held for sale by a dealer. Federal tax ez form 2011 Any gain or loss from their sale or exchange generally is a capital gain or loss. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you are a dealer, the amount received from the sale is ordinary business income. Federal tax ez form 2011 Coal and Iron Ore You must treat the disposal of coal (including lignite) or iron ore mined in the United States as a section 1231 transaction if both the following apply to you. Federal tax ez form 2011 You owned the coal or iron ore longer than 1 year before its disposal. Federal tax ez form 2011 You kept an economic interest in the coal or iron ore. Federal tax ez form 2011 For this rule, the date the coal or iron ore is mined is considered the date of its disposal. Federal tax ez form 2011 Your gain or loss is the difference between the amount realized from disposal of the coal or iron ore and the adjusted basis you use to figure cost depletion (increased by certain expenses not allowed as deductions for the tax year). Federal tax ez form 2011 This amount is included on Form 4797 along with your other section 1231 gains and losses. Federal tax ez form 2011 You are considered an owner if you own or sublet an economic interest in the coal or iron ore in place. Federal tax ez form 2011 If you own only an option to buy the coal in place, you do not qualify as an owner. Federal tax ez form 2011 In addition, this gain or loss treatment does not apply to income realized by an owner who is a co-adventurer, partner, or principal in the mining of coal or iron ore. Federal tax ez form 2011 The expenses of making and administering the contract under which the coal or iron ore was disposed of and the expenses of preserving the economic interest kept under the contract are not allowed as deductions in figuring taxable income. Federal tax ez form 2011 Rather, their total, along with the adjusted depletion basis, is deducted from the amount received to determine gain. Federal tax ez form 2011 If the total of these expenses plus the adjusted depletion basis is more than the amount received, the result is a loss. Federal tax ez form 2011 Special rule. Federal tax ez form 2011   The above treatment does not apply if you directly or indirectly dispose of the iron ore or coal to any of the following persons. Federal tax ez form 2011 A related person whose relationship to you would result in the disallowance of a loss (see Nondeductible Loss under Sales and Exchanges Between Related Persons, earlier). Federal tax ez form 2011 An individual, trust, estate, partnership, association, company, or corporation owned or controlled directly or indirectly by the same interests that own or control your business. Federal tax ez form 2011 Conversion Transactions Recognized gain on the disposition or termination of any position held as part of certain conversion transactions is treated as ordinary income. Federal tax ez form 2011 This applies if substantially all your expected return is attributable to the time value of your net investment (like interest on a loan) and the transaction is any of the following. Federal tax ez form 2011 An applicable straddle (generally, any set of offsetting positions with respect to personal property, including stock). Federal tax ez form 2011 A transaction in which you acquire property and, at or about the same time, you contract to sell the same or substantially identical property at a specified price. Federal tax ez form 2011 Any other transaction that is marketed and sold as producing capital gain from a transaction in which substantially all of your expected return is due to the time value of your net investment. Federal tax ez form 2011 For more information, see chapter 4 of Publication 550. Federal tax ez form 2011 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications